Why did my trees only produce a few blossoms in the spring?

There are several reasons why an apple tree does not produce a full bloom:

It is possible that the tree is too young and is just beginning to become reproductive, that is produce flowers.  If this is the case, flowering should increase next year.

A young tree may be overly vigorous, spending its energy producing wood and leaves and not flowers.  Over fertilization is a possible cause.

Flower buds are formed 10 or 11 months prior to bloom, that is …

What causes internal breakdown of apple fruit?


Internal browning is a low-temperature storage disorder of certain apple cultivars which develops in some fruit stored at or just below freezing.  A cross section of an apple typically shows affected tissues to be brown and firm and usually radiating out from the core. Occasionally, the browning may be confined only to the core or the core area can be normal and browning is in the outer layers.  Firm fruit allows the diagnosis of internal browning from the other internal …

How do I know when it is the right time to pick an apple cultivar?

Time of harvest depends on the intended use of the apples.  Apples that will be consumed immediately can be left on the tree longer than those intended for cold storage. Generally, fruit can be harvested from the tree over a couple of weeks. Fruit that drops from the tree is usually over ripe.  To determine the approximate time of harvest, check a fruit tree nursery catalog or their web site for a list of harvest dates for various cultivars. These …

Why did my apple trees bloom heavily but only set a few fruit?

There are several possibilities why apple trees bloom but fail to set fruit:

  1. Apples are not self-fertile and need another apple tree or tree(s) of another different variety (or varieties) so the flowers can be pollinated (by bees, see #2.) and set fruit.
  2. Apple flowers rely on bees to carry the pollen from one variety to another so the flower(s) can be pollinated and the fruit can set and begin to grow. Both domestic honeybees and wild pollinators (bees, wasps)