Grafting impact on annual bearing

oldryderJuly 31, 2014

I've got a few Lodi trees that have done very well and bear annually. unfortunately I'm not all that wild about the apples. If I take grafts from a preferred tree that only bears every other year will the grafts bear annually?

as always thx for info and advice.
Mark in MN

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marknmt

Mark, biennialism in apples is not so much a genetic trait (although some varieties seem prone to it, it's true) as a cultural one. Your new branches from a favored tree should be well-behaved if you manage them well.

First off, thin your tree ruthlessly. On my Liberty I have to thin five or six apples from each cluster to get down to one apple, and then I often remove half of the remaining apples. Second, thin early- right after fruit set. I think some people even remove some of the blossoms before fruit set.

I hope that helps.

Good luck,

Mark

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:12PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Grafting a biennial bearer onto an annual bearer won't change bearing habit. You'll need to do as Mark suggests in order to get apples every year. Or at least to improve chances of annual bearing.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:27PM
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