Here's my apple store a few weeks after I put them into storage:
As you can see, already quite a high failure rate. And even for the apples which still look sound as of today, are they still at risk? Or if they've got this far without rotting are they basically now set to store OK through the winter?
But my main question is, how do I improve my success rate? I can guess that the key things are:
- don't store obviously damaged apples
- cool, even temperature
- dry, with good air circulation
If my list is correct, which out of those is most important? Is there anything I've left out?
In my case I did pick windfalls rather than harvesting them from the tree (is trying to store windfalls hopeless? They looked unblemished at the time). The temperature may have been a little high. Is that enough to explain the high failure rate?