Our chore today has been thinning apples. Too many apples on a tree can be disastrous. The weight of too much fruit ripening causes the limbs on young apple trees to bend and eventually break, especially in high wind. Too many apples also makes for small apples. So when our apples are about the size of walnuts we thin them out.
As you can see these apples are way too thick for the size of this tree.
We like to thin them out to about this spacing. As you can see in this picture the tree can support this weight comfortably there are no bending branches. Also notice that all the apples are uniform in size and shape. Taking care of your tree like this not only makes sure that you have a better harvest but that your trees are healthy to bear for many years to come.
As the year progresses we will continue to monitor the growth of the fruit removing any damaged or deformed fruit or removing fruit if we notice the branches supporting too much weight. There have even been years that we have supported the branches with boards underneath propping them up for additional support.
We certainly are glad to see all that fruit and the goats will enjoy green apples for a couple days. If we are lucky at the end of all this work we will be rewarded again with this kind of harvest.
How are your apple trees bearing this year?
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