I have a large apple tree which dumps hundreds of pounds of mostly
unwanted apples on our property every year. I'd like to spray the tree
with Florel Fruit Eliminator this year to eliminate most of the fruit.
My questions is: Will any fruit that sets and ripens despite my
application of Florel fruit eliminator be safe to eat? The product
safety sheet only mentions Florel in the context of ornamental trees
and there avoids the whole edibility question but it's clear from
perusing usenet that many people are using it on edible fruit
producing trees. Does anyone have any experience with this product on
or prune the thing and thin by hand (thin in June, leave one fruit for
every 25 leaves, for best production)? And do what I do with my pears,
rake those that fall and give them to my neighbor, who has chickens
who gobble them up?
Or find someone with horses who wants treats. My neighbor has two apple
trees that keep my horses in apples from mid-summer to fall. I go over
every day and pick up the apples that have fallen overnight. He hasn't had
to pick up a single one in two years.
Sounds like the best solution for you is to take that tree out and replace it
dwarf tree. It will be easier to maintain, pick fruit, and should not produce
much fruit as a full size tree on standard rootstock. If there is something
about the fruit you have now, you can propagate it by cutting off a piece of
(scion) and graft it to a dwarfing rootstock.
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