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by Randy SGF
Tue May 29, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Topping off because of excess growth?
Replies: 1
Views: 3366

Re: Topping off because of excess growth?

This should get you started. http://extension.psu.edu/adams/programs/master-gardener/home-orchards Once you establish the shape of your tree, then maintaining a height low enough that you can spray and pick is important for a home orchard. I have a pair of loppers that are about 30" long. I keep the...
by Randy SGF
Tue May 29, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Pruning
Replies: 4
Views: 5290

Re: Pruning

Rick, I will try to take a few pictures tomorrow. If you are here in the states then a call to your Extension office will get you good pruning advice.

You did not post what zone you are in so one problem could be warm winters or lack of sun.

Not much information to go on.
by Randy SGF
Tue May 29, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Cox's Orange Pippen
Replies: 7
Views: 8951

Re: Cox's Orange Pippen

Yes, I can see your tree is coming right along. I like the shape of these trees. Yhey are just about self training. I will try to post a picture of mine tomorrow.
by Randy SGF
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Williams Pride
Replies: 2
Views: 6704

Williams Pride

I planted a Williams Pride today. Anybody taste one of these apples or have the tree?

Randy
by Randy SGF
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Cox's Orange Pippen
Replies: 7
Views: 8951

Re: Cox's Orange Pippen

Well thank you. I started it to keep up with all it takes to grow fruit in the deep South. When you get your tree add a picture to this thread if you would like. I think that would be interesting.

Randy
by Randy SGF
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Graywater irrigation
Replies: 4
Views: 5312

Re: Graywater irrigation

Just tore out a young Pettingill that developed some kind of nasty canker. Is it OK to plant a new tree in the same spot? From my reading, it is written, it is not a good idea to replant in the same hole so I would say there is a gamble there. How close to the old hole is too close, that I do not k...
by Randy SGF
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Cox's Orange Pippen
Replies: 7
Views: 8951

Cox's Orange Pippen

I thought it might an interesting post to keep up with my Cox's Orange Pippen.

Here is the first picture. It was planted in February just after Valentine day.

The picture was Taken 3/1/12 Just after cutting it to 30" high.

Randy
by Randy SGF
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Got a question for everyone
Replies: 9
Views: 8292

Re: Got a question for everyone

If you are located here in the States, then get in touch with your local Extension agent, They will have a lot of free, or nearly free information for you on growing apples in your area. Look for planting and initial pruning information for your area. It may be your trees come pruned but if they are...
by Randy SGF
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Graywater irrigation
Replies: 4
Views: 5312

Re: Graywater irrigation

Soil testing might preclude in surprise build up of chemicals but I have no experience in gray water use to back that up. Hard to say on over watering since we don't know how dry it is there or soil conditions. We have been in a bad drought since last September, The soil is sandy here. My five-six y...
by Randy SGF
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Home Orchard Spray Program
Replies: 2
Views: 4840

Re: Home Orchard Spray Program

Just saw this on the new label for Bonide Fruit Tree Spray concentrate for spraying apple trees. Do not exceed 2 applications per year. Do not apply within 14 days of harvest. Minimum retreatment interval 7 days Before this the limit was 8 applications on apples. The limitation to 2 applications on ...
by Randy SGF
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sprayer
Replies: 3
Views: 6548

Re: Sprayer

It comes with a long hook up wire so I have put it in a small utility trailer I pull behind an old Snapper lawnmower tractor. The hook up wire goes to the tractor battery. The advantage of putting it in the trailer is a great place to quickly put down the spray hose. I pull up next to the tree, get ...
by Randy SGF
Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Rootstock?
Replies: 1
Views: 3479

Rootstock?

What everyone doing for rootstock? I will be new to grafting so I am planing on getting my rootstock going this spring then trying my hand at grafting next year. M-111 rootstock is what most of my trees now. With the sandy soil down here that can be very wet at times it looks like my best rootstock ...
by Randy SGF
Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Sprayer
Replies: 3
Views: 6548

Sprayer

Chuck here is a picture and a link to the one I have. It happens to be on sale http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200394108_200394108 The next size up has a larger pump so if you bought the optional agitator kit, it would work better but the the tank is larger. This is my first season wi...
by Randy SGF
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Re: Book of Ours

I went to an electric, ten gallon pump sprayer this year to make spraying a bit easier. Ooh, do tell. I may be in the market. Is this a backpack? I see some huge capacity backpacks that I imagine OSHA would have a fit over. Chuck I will start a new Sprayer thread to keep from pushing your thread of...
by Randy SGF
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Book of Ours
Replies: 18
Views: 16081

Re: Book of Ours

I have the first apples on my summer apples already. Most of my pruning evolves around keeping an open structure for drying and spraying. I keep all of my trees in an open vase shape so it is easy to keep the height down for spraying. I went to an electric, ten gallon pump sprayer this year to make ...