Damage by insects will cause premature dropping of apples. Apple maggots – the larval stage of a small fly – tunnel through apples while feeding.
The damaged apples often fall from the tree prematurely. The plum curculio is another insect that feeds. Why are my apples falling off the tree? Apples start dropping off the tree before they are ripe or even fully grown.
Often the flesh has softened and is less tasty than normal. There are many factors that can trigger early fruit drop: excessive fruit load, excessive summer pruning, insect damage, diseases and extremes in weather.
Sep 09, While it is close to apple harvest season, most of our crop doesn't start to ripen until late September. This was a full month ahead of schedule. A quick check confirmed it wasn't just one tree either. It seems every tree in the orchard (over 20 trees) were losing their loads. It's been a funny summer, hot and desperately bushcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 3 mins.
Jun 19, 8 Minutes Jun 19, There are several reasons why an apple tree might be dropping fruit before they become ripe. Most of the time, it is natural for apples to fall from the tree, but the time of year and the size of fruit will give us a hint as to what is actually happening behind the scenes.
Apple trees can drop fruit from poor pollination, to reduce a heavy fruit set, from lack of nutrients or water, from summer pruning, or from pest bushcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 8 mins.
Jun 18, Speaking of pollinators, another reason an apple tree might shed fruit is if there is inadequate pollination during bloom time. Keep pollinators within 50 feet (15 m.) of the tree, encourage beneficial insects and bees by companion planting other flowering plants nearby, and avoid using pest control sprays when the tree is in bloom.
"Why are apples falling off the tree? Why are blooms dropping off my healthy looking zucchini plants?" - Ask a Master Gardener, questions answered by Mark Bernskoetter, Master Gardeners of.