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Newbie apple grower

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:36 pm
by mebanana
Hello everyone!

I'm new to the world of apple growing - I planted two new trees (unfeathered maidens) over the winter. Surprised to see they have flower buds on them - I wasn't really expecting that in the first year! Should I let them flower/fruit, or would it be best to remove the blossom this time?

I only have a small garden so they are both on very dwarfing rootstock. The varieties are McIntosh and Red Devil and I'm in East Central Scotland.

Re: Newbie apple grower

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:51 am
by dmtaylor
Don't let them fruit, it will stunt growth and the weight could bend your tree down to the ground. Remove all the blossoms or young fruitlets in the first year or two when the tree is stronger.

Re: Newbie apple grower

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:37 pm
by skandia apples
As tempting as it is to let them bear fruit, it is best to take the blossoms off and let the tree grow

Re: Newbie apple grower

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 4:36 pm
by Kellogg Hill Farms
Pinch off the blooms and let the tree concentrate on growth and root development for the first few years.