It seems I have an extremely heavy fruit set this year on
apple & pear. While out at the orchard Saturday, I found that most of my pears and apples had 2-3 fruits set per cluster. No sign of any June drop yet either.
Time to hand thin. I got the bartlet pear done but took me an hour for one tree! Off to the peaches next as those always need to be heavily thinned each year.
Finally as the evening progressed, I gave up for another day. I will have to round up my children for help next trip
to the orchard. I have never seen such heavy fruit set
on the apples and pears.
I would advise anyone with the same problem to be sure
to thin out the apples./pears to one fruit per cluster and
also thin to about 6" apart. If not, you will end up with
bushels of small fruit this fall and possibly only a light
flower crop next spring.