When to Pick Green Apples - Knowledgebase Question

Roxton, TX
Question by woodall
July 28, 1998
We live in Northeast Texas - VERY DRY!!! We have a Green Apple Tree - it has lots of apples on it - when do we know they are ripe and ready for picking? Thanks in advance for your help on this!


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Answer from NGA
July 28, 1998

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Apples may begin to fall from the tree when they're ripe. Depending upon variety, it's usually late summer or early fall for green apples. You can try to pick an apple to see if it comes off easily. Grasp the apple, twist and push up. If it comes off easily, it's probably ripe. To check, cut it open - if the seeds are dark brown, the apple's ripe. If not wait a week or two and try again.

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