How many fruit should my apple tree bear each year?

Apples September 08, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF


Apple trees often set more fruit then they can adequately support. When a tree has too many fruit, the fruit tend to be small, poorly colored, and may have low sugar levels. Limb breakage may also result from over-cropping. In general, large trees can support more fruit then small trees, therefore the ideal number of fruit per tree varies with tree size. The number of fruit per tree can be based on the circumference of the trunk. To determine trunk circumference, place a tape measure around the trunk 6 inches above ground and use the following table to determine the number of fruit that the tree should be allowed to carry.

Trunk circumference (inches) Recommended fruit/tree
3 30
4 45
5 75
6 110
7 150
8 200
9 230
10 300
11 350
12 425
13 500
14 580
15 650
16 800
17 900
18 950
19 1025
20 1100


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