Anyone else's apples ripening earlier than normal this year?
A bit of a weird question perhaps, but I've got a Laxton's Superb apple tree that is in it's second year of fruiting, and the apples appear to be ripe already - a full month or so earlier than last year. Whether they are truly "ripe" or not, I'm not sure - but they are starting to fall from the tree with the slightest touch, and taste OK - not floury or too sharp. I'd probably just put it down to a young tree and changing habits early on (is that a thing?) but my Dad has the same variety up in London (at least a twenty year old tree) and he has reported the same. Anyone noticed similar? If so, I wonder why? Last summer was hotter, but drier. How does the season affect ripening time? I'm in West Sussex.