How to Revive Barren Apple Trees

Scoring is one way to "encourage" apple trees that are reluctant to set fruit.



071 apple trees 1 restored to productivity
Barren apple trees can sometimes be restored to productivity by scoring the trunk or limbs.
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071 apple trees 2 scoring the bark
To score an apple tree, cut completely around the trunk or around several limbs. Cut through the bark but NOT into the wood.
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071 apple trees 3 applying grafting compound
Treat the cut with grafting compound to prevent infection or fire blight.
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