Fall fruit tree pruning
A few simple steps taken now will give your fruit trees a head start for spring.
Harvesting fruit from your own trees is a most satisfying activity, but care must be taken to ensure the fruit will last when stored through the winter months. Proper storage of winter keeper varieties of apples can provide you with apples through winter and into early spring.
• make sure that your tree is watered well into mid-October
• do not leave your fruit on the tree too long before picking
Plums are tricky, and often fall from the tree just before they are ripe. They should be picked when they are a little on the green side and allowed to ripen at cool room temperatures.
• in cold climates, protect trees from sunscald
• compost or juice windfalls and damaged fruit
|Over the years, we've come to realize that the fruit from our orchard yields the greatest 'return on effort' of all our garden crops. Now that the price of organic apples has risen to as much as $1 per apple, we see real value in a mature fruit tree which may have 500 - 1000 apples! Considering this value, and the relatively small amount of work it takes to realize, it's well worth taking the time to care for your trees during and after the harvest to ensure future productivity.|