Keep the tree 'balanced'.
While the tree is young, it's most important that a comparison is made between the growth and vigor of each fruit’s branch work (we call this branch work: graft). If one of the fruit grafts is growing faster, compared to the others, then it should be cut and stopped to ensure that each separate graft is growing at a ‘balanced’ and even rate. If all the grafts are not ‘balanced’ regularly, especially when the tree is young, then the faster growing grafts will become bigger, stronger and dominate over the others, thus depriving the slower growers of nutrients and growth. Scott explains how to balance a young Fruit Salad Tree in this video .
We recommend to look at the tree for ‘balancing’ about once a month. BEST TO: Keep each graft confined to grow in its own area of the tree. This separation will assist in recognising the faster and slower growers.
When your tree is more mature, you'll need to ensure an overall wine glass shape and room for air circulation and sunlight to reach the trunk. See the video (right) as Dane explains how to prune a mature Fruit Salad Tree.