This photo shows what a properly pollinated Anna and Dorsett apple should look like.  First of all, they’re both humongous, which comes from thinning the overproductive tree hard.  When the fruitlets are about the size of a grape I thin them to one per cluster with a hand’s-breadth between clusters.

Second of all, both blossom so early that there are no other pollinators.  Ein Shemer was marketed as a pollinator for Anna, but it blossoms two weeks too late (and is a lousy apple to boot, I don’t know why it exists any more).  But Dorsett Golden’s blossom does overlap Anna’s, and it’s a decent apple in it’s own right. 


This pathetic Anna was not pollinated and thus is deformed.  The tree will put out a load of these and the taste will be OK, but the true potential of both varieties will be if they pollinate each other.  This is what is meant when a catalog says “needs a pollinator for greater yield”.


7 Responses

  1. Thanks for the pictures. I have an Anna and a Dorsett Golden. The Anna does have nice round apples in abundance but both my Dorsett Goldens produce flowers and no fruit. I guess I have kept them to pollinate my Anna apple, otherwise they would have been dug up long ago.

  2. My Anna and Golden Dorsett were ravaged by 18F freeze last night killing all the blooms. I will miss the Anna apples terribly.
    Any thought on the chance that they might rebloom?

    • Yes, they always bloom twice a year, so you’ll at least get a fall crop if nothing else.

      • Whats the crop like from the second bloom? Mine bloomed a month after harvest.

  3. The second crop here is very small, doesn’t ripen properly; in the tropics it is much better.

  4. Thank you! I’ve been all over the internet trying to figure out what’s wrong. Sadly, my Anna apples look like the second picture. Should I go out and get a cross pollinator? Or is it hopeless?

    • It’s hopeless for this year, entirely possible for next year. You need to get Dorsett Golden or Shell of Alabama.

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