Great addition to any garden since the tree fruits year round producing a lot.
A few weeks after fruit sets, some fruit on the tree will naturally drop off. This is called “June drop”; it is nature’s way of thinning the crop. Apple trees produce more blossoms and fruit than is necessary for a full crop. Additional thinning will benefit the tree. The rule of thinning fruit is to allow plenty of room for fruit.
Jul 15, Generally, mid-March to early April is a good time to graft in North Florida. Whip and tongue or bench grafting are most commonly used for fruit and nut trees.
This type of graft is accomplished by cutting a diagonal cut across both the scion and the rootstock, followed by a vertical cut parallel to the grain of the wood. In general fruit trees like a deep soak (2–3 inches of water) every 10–14 days on sandy soil and every 15–20 days on clay soil. In western Oregon, fruit trees need to be watered starting in mid-June and ending in late September.
Don't forget to take care of your trees after harvesting the fruit. Many trees are making fruit buds, new wood. The graft union should also be well-callused with no breaks in the bark or holes in the wood. Rootstocks. Select a tree from a nursery that matches the needs of your site. Most fruit varieties are grafted on size-controlling rootstocks, or rootstocks that are tolerant of wet soils or certain insect pests.
Grafting and budding are horticultural techniques used to join parts from two or more plants so that they appear to grow as a single plant.
In grafting, the upper part (scion) of one plant grows on the root system (rootstock) of another plant. In the budding process, a bud is taken from one plant and grown on another. NC State Extension.