My gut feeling, not based on any science I know of, just a few years of kicking 
dirt around, is too leave them until dormant, so that they can help with photo 
timing in the fall and the senescence will put back some nutrients. Just 

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> On Jul 6, 2018, at 11:43 AM, Jon Clements <> wrote:
> Anybody have an opinion (or expertise?) on when is the best time to remove 
> nurse (limbs) on top-worked trees? Obviously want to push the grafts, so do 
> the nurse limbs take away energy? I guess I want to say they should/could be 
> removed during the upcoming dormant season, but what about cutting them off 
> now? Most of the grafts have grown one to two feet by now now...
> Thanks.
> Jon
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