I have a 25' x 25' back yard since I live in the city and the next house is 18" away
on one side. My dwarf peach and apricot trees are so heavily loaded that I am now
propping the peach branches up to keep them from ripping off. The Asian pears are
also loaded. What is it with this year?
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
Your trees are in dire need of pruning... get to it as soon as winter
sets in. Yours is a common mistake people make with dwarf fruit trees
especially, they're ascared to prune as they're greedy and want the
quantity of fruit they would have gotten with a semi dwarf tree. Your
alternative is to plant two more dwarf fruit trees and keep them
properly pruned, you have more than enough room. A properly pruned
tree will produce fewer fruit but it'll produce larger better quality
fruit. Another little trick that commercial orchards utilize is thet
when fruit is first set nip off about every other fruit, keep the
larger better shapped fruit... many of those small fruit will fall off
anyway but meanwhile will steal energy better invested in the choicest
fruit. Prune your trees, productive fruit trees are not supposed to
look like flowering specimen fruit trees.
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