|Scale: each one is 1/2 to 1"|
Yes, this is the same apple tree that suffered from too much rain. So far my brace had kept the trunk vertical. So that's one concern.
Other concerns: disease; animals eating the fruit; limbs too thin to hold up the apples. We watch over this anxiously.
The context: we'd like to grow fruit up here, but it's not a good climate, being so cold and the growing season very short. Apple trees do work, so we planted one a few years ago, then planted a second (not shown in this photo; not fruiting yet) to ensure fertilization. Ceredwyn also hand-fertilized, and planted flowers to encourage bees in their work.
This year is promising. If things go well, we'll plant two more trees to set up a little orchard. With luck and our efforts, apples could become a part of our homestead-grown diet.