[NAFEX] Advice re spindly apple cultivar

David.Maxwell at dal.ca David.Maxwell at dal.ca
Sun Sep 2 19:47:47 EDT 2007

I have a couple of trees, grafted 4 years ago on Ottawa-3 rootstock, variety "Linda".  
(This is actually a Canadian introduction, developed at the research station in 
Ottawa.  I got scions quite simply because my wife's name is Linda, and I liked the 
idea of having a tree named after her.)  They have grown well, and fruited heavily 
this year.  I thinned them, but I guess the fruit is still fairly heavy. Several branches 
have snapped off under the weight of the fruit, and in a moderate wind the other day 
the leaders of both trees also snapped off.  I have supports under those branches 
which have survived, but now I need to know 1) what did I do wrong?  (Should I 
have heavily pruned back all the branches - and the leaders - each year?)  2) To 
salvage what I have left should I now cut everything back?

I have some 50 varieties of apple, and this is the only one which has done this.  
Would be most grateful for the advice of the "graybeards" with more experience 
than I.

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