When the Damsel saw this on her apple tree, she was excited. She’s waited a long time for this particular tree to mature.
Then she found out this many apples is actually BAD for her tree. Too many babies make the momma tired, and could even make it so the momma won’t have any babies next year.
The Damsel feels the need to lie down for a while.
This tree needs to be thinned. The apples that are left will be larger, and the tree will be happier.
In the northern temperate zone, July 1 is a good time to do the deed. The Damsel recommends you simply do it when the apples are small yet well formed, so you can choose which ones to leave. If your apples are the size shown in the pictures, “now” is a good time. The tree still has a lot of growth left in it for the year.
One rule of thumb is to space the apples about a fist’s width apart, although some say even that is too close. The apples are easy to pull off. Figure out which apple is the Chosen One from each little cluster, and gently pull the others off so as to not disturb the Chosen One.
Apple Babycide may be easy physically but the Damsel found it an emotional experience. She’s such a crier. But it really was hard for her to pull off all these perfect, hopeful little apples and throw them away.