Thinning the Fruit Load

We have a small window of time to thin this season’s fruit crop.  Thinning does several things:

-allows for bigger individual fruits

-allows us to remove damaged fruitlets

-helps insure a return crop next year

Peaches:  thin to 7-10 inches apart(peach wood is very brittle and will break with a heavy load

Apples: leave largest single fruit every 5-7 inches

Pears: leave 1 fruit per cluster

Thinning should be completed 45 days after petal fall.  After this time thinning will not effect fruit size or put more energy into next seasons crop.

Do not compost the fruitlets because many contain insect eggs.