canyon lake, Te
|I have baby apples. What can I do to help/make sure they mature?(grow to ripe)
|Answer from NGA
April 12, 2010
|As long as you water your tree on a regular basis, it should develop the apples to maturity. There is a natural thinning process in early June when the apples are about an inch in diameter. The tree will drop some of the fruits but it's nothing to be alarmed about. I usually thin the fruits on my tree, cutting or knocking off 2-3 of the apples that are growing in a cluster. This gives the remaining one or two apples lots of room to grow and they will become larger and sweeter than if they had to share the tree's resources with lots of other developing apples. You can wait until after the natural fruit drop and then thin out the remaining apples by hand. Best wishes with your apple tree.
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