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Help save my apple tree!

Postby daffodil_duck » Jul 20, 2013 10:47 am

Recently moved into a house with a large mature apple tree (possibly cortland) that is pushing about 25 feet in height. It hasn't been pruned much over its life, just left to grow on its own. In our first season here, it dropped most of its apples quite small in early summer. We sprayed it to encourage larger fruit growth, which worked well. However, this season we're stuck with a serious worry that the weight of the fruit is going to break the long branches (we've already lost one branch that was already strained and a few others are flexing downward pretty sharply).

Is this a legit worry that the tree will lose a tonne of branches in one season?
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Re: Help save my apple tree!

Postby Mervyn » Jul 21, 2013 7:33 pm

It's my understanding that fruit trees of all sorts do require support from time to time if there is a large number of fruits on the branch.

Check out the link below to find a method to support the branches.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6695531_brace-f ... nches.html
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