OK, I've done the pruning ( last winter) fungus spray, and pesticide spray
and watered well now I think my tree has too many apples. Literally! I mean
there are apples everywhere! What do I need to do to help the tree with this
load? I have heard of people making braces from 2X4s and propping up limbs.
Ron in West Central Wisconsin
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First of all, you don't mention anything about thinning the apples. If they
are growing in clusters, you should reduce them down to the largest and cleanest
group. Also, along any branch there should not be more than one apple every
or six inches (this number can vary with the variety). I have used wooden
with padding to support both apples and stone fruits. Thinning as described,
reduce the requirement for lots of supports. Thinning will give you fewer
larger in size and probably more flavorable, since the tree is not distributing
over too many fruits. Leaving a tree overbear can also lead to bienniel
Ron H wrote:
Thin the apples. Spread your hand out as wide as you can, thumb to
pinky. Pick every apple between your thumb and pinky. That's the
width you want between baby apples.
My Master Gardener trainer has a PhD in Pomology (fruit trees).
That's what he taught us to do.
Sometimes, even after you thin like crazy, you'll *still* have
a big fruit load on a branch. *Then* you can prop branches up
with poles or 2x4's.
Jan in Alaska
growing apples, cherries & pears in Zone 3
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