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2yr old apple trees with loads of potential apples

Practically all their blossom, and there were lots of it, looks to have been pollinated.

So now I'm wondering how best to treat the tree, do I snip off the small swollen ovaries (I think that's what they're called), leaving say just 5 on the tree? Would this be the right thing to do, or will the tree automatically drop some by itself? 

Last year we just left one apple on one tree, just for a taste. 

I'm also thinking I should now be feeding the trees with tomato fertiliser?
Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,570
    Depends on how big the tree is. I would leave just one  or two per clump , removing any misshapen ones .  Assuming it is in the ground not a pot, a sprinkle of general fertiliser around it will do. Keep the area around it it clear of weeds and grass.
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 936
    Thank you @fidgetbones - the tree was planted in the ground from a large container (which it didn't fill) last December, so it is its first year in the ground (before that it was a first year bare root tree planted in the container around January '22). It's about 5ft+ tall on dwarf stock, and has been mulched with a thick layer of bark. At the time of planting in the ground it was given a good few handfuls of FBB. I'm quite pleased with how it looks, though I don't want to stress it by pushing my luck - it's a 'Red Delicious' by the way. Really appreciate your advice  :)
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • PlashingPlashing Posts: 328
    I would keep it well watered especially with the warmer and dry weather we are supposed to going to have over the next two weeks or so, you will want to give it at least two buckets full a week,or you could mulch it after watering.
  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,900
    You can leave all of the nucleus apples for the time being. Come June it will go through the June Drop when the tree will naturally thin the fruit. If there are a lot of baby apples left on the tree in August it would help the tree for you to thin the fruit again. As it is such a young tree leave 2-3 fruit per branch.
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 936
    Thanks @Joyce Goldenlily, I scratched my head trying to figure what to call them, now I know they're called 'nucleus apples'! I'd never heard of the 'June Drop', will be watching out for it.
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 936
    Plashing said:
    I would keep it well watered especially with the warmer and dry weather we are supposed to going to have over the next two weeks or so, you will want to give it at least two buckets full a week,or you could mulch it after watering.
    Thanks @Plashing, after all the rain I too think we'll be having a spot of draught. I'll be giving them plenty to drink, I've learnt that lesson from my poor young pear tree, it's still hanging on though. 
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
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