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When to pick apples...
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jt    Posted 10-02-2001 at 14:36:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have an apple tree (uncertain of the variety, it produces every year, some years heavier than others) with a nice crop this year. My wife (who's in charge of the apples) is wondering if its better to leave them on the tree or try to pick them all and try to store them. We live in Minnesota near Mpls. We've had two light frosts so far. Is there a way to tell when it does no more good to leave them on the tree?

F14    Posted 10-02-2001 at 14:43:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd pick 'em. Might want to wait for one fairly heavy frost, that's what sets the sugar in 'em. If they get completely frozen, they're only good for deer bait.

Gregorio Acateco    Posted 09-28-2006 at 09:01:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I will like to know the exacly address because I am in New Jersey

dave    Posted 08-03-2005 at 13:17:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have an apple tree that has lots of fruit and its the first of august and they are changing color now what should i do? i picked some and they seem ripe already.

Sandy Heldt    Posted 09-12-2004 at 10:07:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually, hot days and cool nights set the sugars in apples, not the frost. I thought that, too, for the longest time. A light frost will not hurt them but they will store longer if never frosted. Make sure all signs of frost are off the apples before picking to prevent bruising.

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