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Old 06-30-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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Need an apple tree expert!

Our property came with 2 long-neglected apple trees. Don't know what variety they are.
Any tips on bringing them back to edible?
I can go out and take a pic if it helps.
I did find a few websites, just wondering if anyone has any first hand exp. to share.

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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They will need to be pruned a certain way, and sprayed with dormant oil spray in February. I suggest you talk to your local farm extension office about pruning...they'll probably have a pamphlet on it.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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What is inedible about them, Suzi? Wormy, no fruit, too small....?
I will be seeing an apple farmer on Wednesday that I can ask if you want me to, but he may want more info.

I used to have three pear trees and they only bore fruit every other year. Someone told me it was because they were old. When I cut them down the trunks were half rotted. I miss the flowers in spring, but I don't miss the rotting fruit and bees.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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It does have fruit but not much and pretty little... they do get munched up by something, birds, worms, bugs, not sure.
I haven't tried to eat one so I don't know that that are actually inedible, I'm just afraid to be the one that finds out they aren't!
brb... I'll see if I can sneak the camera past the kids (all MAJOR hams) and get the tree.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:15 PM   #5
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Need pics, Suzie.
And it's too late in the season for pruning to do any good this year. The tree is spending energy, if any, on producing food now. What you may do now may shock it. So let's wait and see what you've got.
Pruning should be done like in Feb., or in the fall, after the crop is spent.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:03 PM   #6
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Could it be that it is a crab apple?
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:52 PM   #7
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No they are way bigger than crab apples.... got 3 of those too.....
I tried twice this morning to post pics but it wont let me....
Here goes nuthin, 3rd time's the charm?
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:00 PM   #8
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I probably took too many pics....
And I probably tried to upload too many at once so I split them up.
Looks like the tree closest to the field next dooe has more fruit than I thought.... the other doesn't have much.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:04 PM   #9
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:23 PM   #10
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Any clue how old the trees are ?? I know it usually takes 3 to 5 years before a tree will give off any sizable yield. Mine are about 5 years , and until now, ive gotten practically nothing. At this point of the season, most the apples of any tree will look similar ( small and green) as the season progresses, the red apples will be come more red, and the yellows more yellow. At this point, your pics look similar to what i have here. They also seem to be in a nice location, with room to grow, Mine are cramped with not enough ideal sun exposure
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