Young trees are pruned to develop a tree structure that
supports the limbs that ultimately support the heavy
fruit load during the season. The goal of training is
to develop a sturdy tree and a canopy that is capable
of producing large crops and fills its allotted space.
Training occurs during the first 2 to 3 years after planting
and should be completed before fruit is allowed to set.
Almonds are usually trained to a vase or modified vase system where the center is open and has
3 or 4 main scaffolds with no central leader. Remember that exposed limbs on young trees easily sunburn.
Protect exposed limbs with a 50:50 mix of white interior latex paint and water or whitewash.