Second Crop

Second Crop

Many low-chill apple varieties and some higher-chill apples will give a second crop in a warm Mediterranian-type climate.  The crop is usually much smaller and will ripen around December.  This is sort of an “afterthought” of the tree and not a main crop.  The tree will then briefly go through dormancy before blossoming again late January.

However, in the tropics, two to three “real” crops in a year are possible.  This is because daylight length and temperature are pretty much constant, and the tree is tricked into thinking it has undergone dormancy by stripping the leaves off the tree by hand.  This is tough on the tree and extra fertilizer is applied, and the tree will never get very big.  Anna and Dorsett Golden respond quite will to this culture, as does Rome Beauty and Wealthy.

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