Brandywine Crabapple

Asked June 13, 2018, 2:15 PM EDT

I received a question about a Brandywine Crabapple tree that was planted last year. The owner had a great story about her tree and was interested to make it strong and healthy. If she removes the blossoms and/or fruit this year, will the tree put the energy into growing stronger roots, branches, etc. for the future? Will removing all of this years blossoms or fruit cause the tree not to bloom or set fruit next year? Is it better to only remove some of the blossoms or fruit vs. all of them? I am assuming these answers may apply to apple trees as well? I appreciate your insight! Thank you Carrie Wright County

Hennepin County Minnesota crabapple trees

1 Response

It really isn’t necessary to remove the flowers or fruit from crab apple or apple trees. They do not set fruit until they are about eight years old and have well developed root systems. Making sure your tree gets water when the soil is dry to 2 inches every week is very beneficial. Also do not over water, the soil should not be soggy. Orchards use fruit reduction to make it possible for the trees to produce a crop every year. The normal pattern can be altered by using a product called Florel. There are other products too. Florel was one of the first. The practice of fruit thinning is also done with Apple trees. http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/preventing-or-reducing-fruit-ornamental-trees https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apples/how-to-thin-apple-trees.htm