Y shape Apple tree.

Can anyone help me.
I bought this Granny Smith apple tree recently on M26 rootstock. I want to keep it in a patio pot for now as we should be moving at some point in the future.
My problem is the Y shape in its structure. Should I keep this shape and try to fan train it? Should I choose one of the branches to keep as a leader or take them both off? There are also several other thinner branches below the 'crotch' (I think its called), should I keep these?
The garden centre seems to have pruned back a branch between the two larger branches (that I would have used as the leader because it looks central, do you think they were starting to fan train it?
Anyone who has the time to let me know what they would do to get the best harvest out of it would be great.
I don't know the age of the tree, sorry?
Jamie
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Yummy Plants;999154 Wrote: > Can anyone help me.

> to keep it in a patio pot for now as we should be moving at some point > in the future.

> try to fan train it? Should I choose one of the branches to keep as a > leader or take them both off? There are also several other thinner > branches below the 'crotch' (I think its called), should I keep these?

> larger branches (that I would have used as the leader because it looks > central, do you think they were starting to fan train it?

> best harvest out of it would be great.

I would fan it, as some of the work has been done for you. Returning it to a one leader tree seems counterproductive. In my opinion, turn your 'Y' into a 'T' gradually and you will get many more apples of any horizontal growth than vertical.
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Thanks Kris,
That takes care of the two main branches. I wonder why they never trained them down in the nursery, the tree is 6'6" already! Probably to save space at the nursery and let people do it at home.
What would you suggest to do with the branches at the bottom and top of the tree. I'm tempted to see if they fruit this season then prune the lower ones back next winter if they don't. They seem so perfectly spread out to just cut them back without giving them a chance.
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