Thinning Fruit On Apple Trees

apples early stagesYou may well be thinking that life is too short to spend time in the orchard thinning fruit. In our view, any time spent in an orchard is a bonus. There are, though, some good reasons to thin fruit particularly if your trees are heavy croppers. The main one is that the tree will produce better quality and size fruit – albeit fewer of them – but there are other benefits

  •  heavy crops can cause limb damage
  • fruit will ripen more evenly as more light and air can penetrate the branches
  • it may help reduce the spread of pests and diseases
  • heavy cropping in young trees can set them back

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Apple Feast Or Apple Famine: The Problem Of Biennial Bearing

apples early stages

Does your apple or pear tree crop heavily one year and then produce little or nothing the next? This is not uncommon. It’s known as biennial bearing. Some cultivars have a natural tendency to this condition, such as the Blenheim Orange and Bramley’s Seedling, but weather conditions and soil fertility can also contribute to the problem.  Continue reading