How to Select Apple Trees
Growing Apples in Containers
Training and Pruning Apples
When to Prune
The best time to prune your apple is in late winter or early spring, while the tree is dormant. Always remove any branches that have died, as well as shoots that pop up around the tree's roots and the fast-growing shoots called water sprouts that grow vertically out of the branches.
You can also train apples to grow flat along a wall or fence. This decorative process, known as espalier, also makes harvesting easier.