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Help with an old apple tree

Posted by elsnow 7a (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 15, 13 at 17:51

We bought a 100-year old farmhouse in Mentone, Alabama two years ago. There was an old, overgrown apple tree that had not borne apples in several years, but it had apples the Spring after we bought the house! That year most of the apples fell off the tree too soon. I have no idea what variety they are; they are red.

I am really hoping to harvest many more apples this fall. Here are my main questions:

1. How should this tree be pruned and when?, and
2. What should I spray it with and when?

Thanks for your help! I've searched the Alabama Extension site, and although I found A LOT of apple info, it seemed to be aimed at commercial growing and/or putting in trees in a home setting.

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RE: Help with an old apple tree

I've read this book at the libray and then recently purchased it used/excellent condition on for about $7. I really like it as it gives the rationale and simple explanation and pics of how/why to prune. Chapter 9 is fruit tree pruning. I have no financial interest whatsoever.

RE: Help with an old apple tree

You Tube.

RE: Help with an old apple tree

Thanks! I'll be looking for that book, Louisianagal, and sand18f, I did go to Youtube and found a neat guy who has a lot of good videos posted about apples in general including good pruning ones - even cleaning up old trees specifically. That was a good suggestion.

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