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June 10, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Curran Apple Orchard
3920 Grandview Drive West
University Place, WA 98466
Apple Tree Branch filled with Apples
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Curran Apple Orchard Tree Thinning

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Come on out to the orchard to thin the fruit from your adopted trees.

Join the apple tree community and CORE on Saturday, June 10th, from 10 a.m. – noon to thin excess fruit from the trees, or do it at your own convenience.

Apple trees should be thinned when the fruit is approximately the size of a nickel. The fruit should NOT touch each other… remove all but one fruit per cluster. Gently twist off the excess fruit and dispose of in the dumpsters to avoid future insect problems. 

Thinning is extremely important because it:

  • Encourages larger, higher quality apples
  • Prevents branches from snapping or breaking due to heavy fruit load
  • Exposes developing fruit to sun so they can ripen fully and obtain good color
  • Helps offset tendency for trees to “take a year off” after producing heavy fruit load
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