applesApple growers usually irrigate their trees so their apples can be almost twice the size of homegrown ones.

If your apple trees are producing smaller than usual fruit apples then it may be because of the heat stress.  Some apple fruits might have been vigorously pecked by birds desperate for food. There may be a chance of observing signs of codling moth.

First thing for you you to do is to pick the smaller ones from clusters to give the others more chance of getting to a reasonable size, and reducing the ability for apples to touch and transfer or harbour pests. Ensure that your apple trees are well mulched several times a year when the soil is moist, but there’s not much point in mulching too deeply when the soil is super-dry, as it will be hard for occasional showers to penetrate the soil.

A water-stressed tree is an invitation for pests and birds and his small apples are strewn on the ground. There are a few salvageable ones good for juicing or cooking, but the rot gets them quickly in this weather. To prevent the next life cycle of codling moth, regularly check apples on the tree for tell-tale frass-filled holes (larvae droppings) and pick the apples.

Remove fallen rotten apples frequently and throw them in a hot compost or worm bin. They will provide good sustenance for the hungry worms so the nutrients won’t be wasted.

A seedling apple will grow tall, as it hasn’t been grafted on to rootstock to restrict its size. Harvesting will be a challenge.It makes sense to find out which varieties do well in your locale. Keep an eye out for good-looking trees near your place and chat to the owner.

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