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Could somebody please give me advice about my crab apple tree? It's been blown sideways in the recent winds and I'm keen to pick the apples and make jelly. However, the apples are lovely and red on one side but most still creamy-white on the other. Would these make good jelly? I feel the tree is begging to be relieved of its fruit! Also, could you tell me what I should do once the fruit's gone? The tree is 2 and a half years old and about 7 ft high. I've never pruned it. Should I now? Many thanks.



If the tree needs the fruit removing then remove it. All that you would need to do is adjust the amount of sugar you need to make the jam.
Once the fruit is off, then carefully pull (or push) the tree back upright and stake carefully, then re firm the soil round the tree. We had three trees blow over two years ago, Bramley, Discovery and an ornamental Pear. They all survived and are fruiting well.
Most Crab apples do not require any pruning.

15 Sep, 2010

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