previous post for a detailed explanation of the problems stalked bud can create).
At this time of year stalked buds seem to break quickly after they form and start to form new branches. Below are before and after photos demonstrating the removal of stalked buds. On the left side you can see stalked buds that have grown into branches at every leaf node. The stalked buds I removed are marked with the letter "R". There is one stalked bud I decided to save (marked with a "S") because this bud was located at the very top of the tree and represents the growing point for my central leader. After pruning I have preserved my central leader and prevented the tree from developing a leaderless, bush top (right side of photo).