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Pruning Pecan Trees

Most potted pecan trees need very little initial pruning, but as the trees get older, corrective pruning may be necessary. Keep these pointers in mind:

NOTE: This is part 8 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow pecan trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

  • When the tree is dormant, corrective pruning consists of removing broken, interfering, dead, or disease branches.
  • After cutting, seal the cut. Use a plain white latex paint over the open grain. This will seal the cut and prevent fungi or infection from developing on the cut wood.
  • Remove branches that are growing toward the middle of the tree.
  • If any branches are crossing, remove one of them.
  • Prune low limbs that may interfere with sprays or irrigation.
  • Remove limbs and vigorous shoots growing through the center, to allow light and air to penetrate.
  • In the early years, if secondary limbs show narrow angles, you should remove them.
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