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The best time to prune is in late winter so that you can cut away wood injured by low temperatures. cut back the tall-growing limbs and 1/3 of all new growth. Cut out all dead, broken, diseased branches. Remove old wood that previously produced fruit (it will not produce again) as well as crossing or rubbing branches. Aim for a funnel-like shape with fruiting branches about 1 foot apart over the top of the tree. Once blooming has begun, it may also help to pinch off some of the buds to induce more productive fruit.