How to Water an Apple Tree During Fruit Growth


As you might expect, water is an important element of the health of an apple tree and water plays a major role in the development of the fruit of the apple tree. Not only is the proper amount of water important, but how that water is delivered also makes a difference in the quantity of fruit that sets and in the size and flavor of that fruit.

Step 1

Start watering early in the season, before blooms appear on your trees. Build basins around your trees that extend as far out as the branches on your tree.

Step 2

Fill each basin with at least 5 inches of water, three times each week. Continue with this watering pattern until blooms set on your trees.

Step 3

Water your apple trees for 4 hours at a time, at a rate of approximately 4 to 5 gallons of water per hour when blooms set and while apples are growing. Water for 4 hours at a time, three times per week, until apples begin to ripen.

Step 4

Cut back watering to once or twice per week once the harvest begins, as the trees will require less water at this point.

Tips and Warnings

  • Even more water may be required if your trees are subject to dry winds.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering system


  • Fruit Growth Case Studies

Who Can Help

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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.