crabapple tree & a regular apple tree - Knowledgebase Question

Sparks, Ne
Question by annsantana
July 23, 2009
I have a crabapple tree and the tree is leaning,
especially the top, the tree is 4 years old. Can I top the tree off? My second question is that I have a dwarf green apple tree, it is about 9 feet tall do they get that big? and when can I pick the apples there is about 30 apples on it?
Thank You for all your help.

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2009


It would be better for your crabapple if you stake it up straight rather than prune off the top. Set 3 stakes equal distances from one another and use ties to straighten the tree up. You probably won't be able to make the tree grow completely upright - they tend to be crooked and gnarly and that's part of their character.

The only way to know if your apples are ripe is to pick one, cut it open and taste it. If it is, you can harvest them all. If not, give them a couple more weeks. Enjoy!

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