Water Sprout Removal – How To Prune Apple Tree Water Sprouts

By Jackie Carroll Apple tree water sprouts drain vital energy from a tree without providing any benefit in return. Find out what causes unsightly water sprouts and what to do about them in this article. What are Water Sprouts? Water sprouts are thin shoots that arise from the trunk or branches of an apple tree. Most water sprouts serve no useful purpose and will never produce much fruit. Many never produce any fruit at all. They are also called suckers, although this term more accurately refers to growth that arises from the roots rather than the trunk and branches. Apple tree growers remove water sprouts so that the tree can direct all of its energy toward supporting productive branches. Pruning apple tree sucker growth and water sprouts helps keep the tree healthy because the unwanted growth is weak with little defense against invasion by insects and diseases. Removing water sprouts


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