[NAFEX] Picking apples

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Sat Oct 10 12:02:50 EDT 2009

I just picked my late apples, so it won't apply this year, but I was 
wondering how other people do it (specifically, those with backyard 
orchards). This is my first year with fruit, and we're getting unusually 
cold weather this weekend. The forecast was for temperatures dropping to 
the mid-20s, but you never really know if the forecast is going to be 

So I went ahead and picked my late apples on Friday, though one variety 
(Goldrush) seems to be pretty green yet. Well, I tend to like green 
apples even better than ripe ones, so that's no problem. And I don't yet 
have a ton of fruit, anyway. But I want to store what I do have, and I 
was worried that it might get cold enough to damage the apples. As I 
say, you never really know how could it WILL get.

And will apples continue to ripen on the tree if the leaves have been 
frozen? Or at that point, would they ripen just as well after being 
picked? Admittedly, apple leaves seem to be able to take pretty cold 
weather (judging from my experiences last year, when the leaves lasted a 
long time).

Anyway, I'm not sure what I'm asking here. Just wondering how other 
people decide when to pick late apples, when the weather doesn't seem to 
be cooperating (these were probably slower than usual this year, due to 
our remarkably cool weather the last few months).

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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