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FLOWER BUDS ON APPLE TREE
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:48 pm
Hi.., My newly planted apple tree has flower buds, and I was told that the Apple tree will not have fruit 3-5 years from now.
Would you please let me know if the flower bud will always turn into fruit? this is a Liberty Apple tree and is located in Dacula, GA
if it will turn into fruit, Do I have to get rid of it, to allow the root become stronger? or I can let the apple grow ?-- Thank you,
Re: FLOWER BUDS ON APPLE TREE
Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:43 am
Yes, if the blossoms are pollinated with compatabile pollen they may well set fruit, and fruits tend to reduce the growth of a young tree. So unless you want to keep your trees very small, it is better to remove any set fruit the first three years or so. After you are satisfied that the tree has reached bearing age, you can leave some fruit, but to thin them to about eight inches apart within three weeks after petal fall. This improves fruit size and return bloom for the following year.
Good luck with your little trees!