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During the summer after theDuring the summer after the first winter pruning, remove the numerous water sprouts that will grow on the heavily pruned tree. Avoid pruning shears. Pull the shoots off the trunk in mid-June when they are about 10 to 12 inches long. Keep pulling these shoots off throughout the season on the major scaffolds. The shoots can be pulled off safely as long as their bases remain tender and green. Stop when the base of the shoot becomes woody and does not easily pull off.

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