November 25, 2017

Pruning Apple Trees

Pruning Apple Trees

Apple Trees deciduous plants that grow mostly in the Northern hemisphere.   With over 7,500 different cultivars, apples tree are among the most cultivated fruit in the world.  With sales in the 10′s of billions, over 55 million tons of apples are grown and distributed each year.  Part of the popularity of apple in the diversity by which they can be used.

Apples are grown for many purposes.  They are often eaten raw as a healthy snack.  The skin as well as the meat of the fuit is typically consumed.  The core and seeds are almost always thrown out as the seeds can be slightly poisonous.  Other uses for a


Apple Tree Care 
pple include canning, juicing, blending and many desserts.

Caring for apples is relatively easy.  Most varieties can withstand a wide range of temperatures, however like many fruits do require a fair amount of water.  For best results apple tree like moist, well draining soil.  To avoid damaging the roots fertilizing should be done several months after planting the tree.

Pruning Apple Trees    

When pruning apple trees it is good to consider thinning the branches as well as the fruit.  Like a lot a fruit trees that produce large fruit, the size and frame of the trunk limbs should be sturdy enough to hold the fruit.  If not the branched will tend to weep and often crack due  the weight of the fruit.  This is why thinning the fruit is important on young branches.  Pruning and thinning of branches should be performed during the trees dormant season.  This wil help promote growth in the following season.  If  the tree has reached optimum size, pruning in the summer time will help maintain it’s size.  Ideally branches will reach out perpendicular from the trunk, parallel to the ground.  It is best if branches grow 18-24 inches above or below the next branch.  This created enough space to allow light to reach the inner branches.

Apple Facts:

  • The only apple tree in the North America is the crabe apple
  • The color of Apples range from reds to yellow to greens to a mixture of all colors in between
  • It takes two pounds of apples just to make one delicious 9-inch pie.
  • Michigan’s official state flower is an Apple blossom
  • Currently in the US alone, there are 2,500 different kinds of apples being grown, mostly by individuals
  • 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States.
  • Of the 50 states in the US 36 grow apples commercially.
  • There is at least one apples tree growing in each of the 50 states.
  • Apples are a great healthy snack that is free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • The average apple contains roughly 80 calories.
  • Apples are high in fiber pectin. One apple has five grams of fiber.
  • The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The science of apple growing is called pomology.
  • Apple trees will typically need to grow for four or five years before they produce any fruit.
  • The most common way to pick apples for harvest is by hand.
  • The size of an apple ranges from slightly bigger than a grape to as big as a grapefruit.
  • Most commercial apple trees are propagated by two either grafting or budding.
  • The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.
  • Apples were the favorite fruit of ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.

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