What's the questions about apples?
Originally Posted by Tog
If it's about pruning, Kipling's "nine and sixty ways" apply, but it would help if you noticed if the apples were at the ends of the branches or near the base, since that absolutely determines which set of pruning styles apply.
One set will prune all branches to various lengths(determined by style) every year in order to divert energy from growing branches to making apples but if the variety is one that carries at the ends, it would have no apples if pruned that way because there'd be no new ends; the other set is about encouraging new young branches in order to have many carrying ends, but if the variety is one that carries near the base, too much energy is used so make branches to it'll have fewer apples.
If it's about bugs, I expect it depends a lot on which bugs.
Here, the most common problem for apples is the Codling Moths(Cydia pomonella) that can be handled without spraying toxins by using a sticky trap with female sex pheromone bait, this traps many of the males and confuse the rest so they can't find mates. That way the females don't have any eggs to lay in the apple flowers and they won't get wormy.
Last edited by HenrikOlsen; 2010-Apr-23 at 11:50 PM.
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