Apple Tree Has More Fruit, Needs More Support

This season appears to be very fruitful for my young but very mighty 3-in-1 apple tree. It is now weighted down heavily with young fruits. This has added stress to the tree because it has so few branches. To relieve the stress, I inserted a shepherd’s hook next to the tree and have tied to the hook, with green plastic garden tape, the branches that need the support.IMG_3008

When the apples are rather small (and lighter in weight)  is a good time to install these supports. Attempting to do this when the apples are much larger and heavier  increases the risk that the branch(es) may break.

As shown here, your tree need not have too many branches or be really old to produce a satisfying amount of fruit. One of simplest pleasures is to pick ripe apple when it is still warm from the sun.

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Apple seeds are highly toxic if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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