Forgot to mention the picture I have attached is an example of one of these
poorly feather trees. My wires are two feet apart so you can see that this
tree is almost seven foot tall.

On Jul 3, 2017 4:22 PM, Doug Nelson <>

I'm in my second year of growing apples. This year we planted 5000 apple
trees tall spindle style. These will be used for upick.

The nursery I bought from gave me about a thousand terrible trees with
almost no feathers.

I have sprayed heavily with Maxell to encourage lateral bud growth. Has not
work that well.

My Orchard is located right next to one of the Chicagolands largest
commercial tree nurseries. The field manager of the nursery recently
stopped by and told me he would encourage lateral growth by heading all of
these poorly feathered trees.

I know the rule with tall spindle is generally you never had the tree, but
I think the assumption  is that you have a lot of feathers.

Has anyone ever headed poorly feather trees to encourage lateral growth?
What were your results?
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