Grow full-sized apples on a dwarf tree.
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Dwarf fruit trees do not need much pruning. Maintain dwarf trees at about 7 feet tall, remove suckers and prune out branches that are too close together. Prune the root ball of container-grown dwarf trees about every three years.
Long-stemmed fruits usually do not need thinning.
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When fruits (apples, peaches, pears) are about 3/4 inch in size, thin them to about 6 inches apart on the branches. Cherries and almonds generally do not require thinning.
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