Hi, we have planted three crab apple saplings this year and they are doing very well. They are now bearing, what looks to be a heavy weight of fruit which is arching the branches right over. Will this damage the branches?,would I be better off removing the fruit to help more root growth?. We will in time make crab apple jelly, but while the trees are young we don't mind removing the fruit earlier if it helps the trees.
Any advice welcomed.