|Thinned "Jonared" apples. 5.30.17|
This is the time to thin fruits, if it's not already done. The developed the most cells per fruit at the early stage, so thinning them results in better development. Many of my grafts from the past 3 years will have their first taste this year, including Porter (one), Newtown Pippin (one), Baldwin (5), Arlie Red Flesh (6), Goldrush (6), Priscilla (4). For best graft development, better to remove the first fruits, but I'm not getting younger so I am leaving them as if they are understock branches, so I get to taste them. Since I thinned aggressively, they still have a chance for more fruit next year.