Fruit thinning

In favourable conditions fruit trees set more fruit than is ideal. Fruit thinning involves removing excess fruit to improve fruit size and quality. It is carried out on apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines.

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Sometimes apples need to be thinned to avoid overcropping. Image: RHS

Quick facts

Suitable for Most types of tree fruit
Timing Early to mid-summer
Difficulty Moderate

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