The Q&A Archives: Apple Tree

Question: I have an old apple tree in my yard that produces hundreds of apples, none of which are very big, but those that are not eaten by bugs are very tasty. Can I turn my apple tree into a hardy producing tree? I have had the tree trimmed and prune it every year (the branches that I can reach). I fertilize regularly and the tree appears to be in excellent condition...any possibility of improving the apples?

Answer: The best way to improve the quality of your apples is to thin them out in June. Reduce the number of apples by removing the smallest apples in each cluster, leaving only one or two of the largest fruits. This will allow your tree to direct its energy into maturing only about half of the number of fruits it is capable of producing, resulting in larger, more flavorful fruits. Enjoy!

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