Apples and pears can be thinned chemically, which saves huge amounts of labor compared to peaches, which must be hand-thinned. We use a carbaryl spray between 10 and 25 days after full bloom to thin apples and pears. The pears reached the thinning stage a few days ago.
|These young pears are at the stage for fruit thinning. The thinning sprays will cause some fruit to drop, ideally leaving one fruit per cluster remaining.|
Apples are at the thinning stage now. We'll apply an apple thinning spray in a few days, whenever the winds calm enough to allow it.
|Some of these young apples are developing well, while others are naturally failing to develop and will fall off. The crop needs further thinning to produce large, sweet fruit.|