What time of year is the best for notching to promote fruit or branching on an apple tree?

I have been trying to learn about notching but I haven’t come across WHEN to do it for apple trees? anytime? while domant? just before breaking domancy?
thank you

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When you start to notice the terminal buds swelling.


thank you!

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Can I use notching on all types of fruit trees? I have fig, mulberry and apple.

I would guess so. I have notched redbud to encourage a new branch to grow.

I needed a new branch or two on a prune plum and notched above a node on the trunk last year, and got a beautiful scaffold branch. Another spot didn’t respond.

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