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  • Pruners
Apples, nectarines, pears, plums, and peaches all will reward you with high quality, excellent tasting crops if you thin the immature fruit in late spring or early summer when it is about the size of a dime. This is especially important on young trees, where too much fruit can cause young branches to break under the weight. Thinning later in the season will not produce the desired effect.
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Thin excess fruit by hand. Simply start at the beginning of each branch and prune off all but one fruit in each cluster, leaving 6 to 8 inches between fruit.
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Leave only the single largest and best looking fruit in each cluster.