Requires annual pruning during the dormant season (late winter/early spring) to promote an open canopy for better air flow and sunlight penetration. Learn about Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.
This variety does have the unfortunate characteristic of setting very heavy fruit crops. If not thinned heavily the tree will over-produce and the apples will stay small, green and never ripen properly. It is IMPERATIVE to thin the fruit of Golden Delicious to 12″ apart in mid-June-July 4th in order to get large fruits that color and flavor well. Perhaps a little more work than the average apple variety, but the flavor of a large and fully tree ripened Golden Delicious is worth the effort.
Interesting to note that Golden Delicious grown West of the Rocky Mountains normally have a smooth skin. Those grown East of the Rocky Mountains normally have a rough skin texture. Golden Delicious are sometimes prone to russeting on the skin. Some strains are less prone to this issue. Any russeting on the skin is purely cosmetic.