Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thinning my Rubinette Apple

Unless your fruit trees are well lestablished, it's usually a good idea to thin fruits off a young fruit tree. My Rubinette apple, which is going through it's 2nd year in ground put out a fair amount of apples this year. 

As much as I would love to try to keep every single apple on my young tree. The quality of fruit would not be as good and the thin branches would not be able to support the weight of the full size apples. It's already struggling as is with the small immature fruit. I'm afraid that it will eventually break my scaffolding limbs if I left them all on the tree.

This quick video shows how I choose which ones to pluck off.


  1. My Rubinette Apple is in its first year and has three large apples on it. When do you recommend harvesting? I do not want to wait too long, but most literature says to harvest in late season. It seems like the tree bloomed quite early this year. I recall buds at least in March.

  2. last year i think I picked it in Late Sept. but by then it was already a bit mealy. Perhaps I will shoot for mid sept this yr.