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Pruning Pawpaw Trees

Most potted fruit trees need very little initial pruning, but as the trees get older, corrective pruning may be necessary. The top two reasons you should prune your pawpaw tree is for stimulation and shaping.

NOTE: This is part 7 in a series of 10 articles. For a complete background on how to grow pawpaw trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Keep these pointers in mind:

  • The best time to prune is late winter or early spring, when the tree is dormant..
  • Corrective pruning consists of removing broken, interfering, dead, or diseased branches.
  • Since pawpaw fruit is produced on new growth, annual pruning will stimulate new growth on older trees.
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