Host Richard Hentschel discusses fruit thinning in the home orchard. While emotionally difficult to remove fruits after working so hard to get the fruit trees to produce them, the results are well worth the effort. Thinning improves the quality of the fruits harvested later in the season. By limiting the number of fruits the tree is able to direct more energy into each fruit. An added benefit of thinning means the scaffold branches can support the fruit load without having to prop up the branches.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.