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by PA_Docent
Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Old orchard needs help
Replies: 3
Views: 3495

Re: Old orchard needs help

First thing I would do is cut out the suckers. Then take a look at how far the branches are spaced on the main trunk. I try to space mine out about 12-18 inches apart on the main trunk. At each node I have two or three branches. This allows air and sunlight into the canopy. There is plenty of inform...
by PA_Docent
Fri Jun 26, 2015 4:46 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Newly planted apple trees
Replies: 6
Views: 4785

Re: Newly planted apple trees

Hang a peice of old spice soap on your trees. Also coat the main trunk with the soap. Deers hate things that have a strong scent.
by PA_Docent
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Fireblight on Apple
Replies: 5
Views: 3885

Re: Fireblight on Apple

Why wait until next year to spray? I would spray now to kill spores that fell to the ground that can be "knocked" up the tree during rains. I would spray Bordeaux on both the trees and the ground under the branches to kill any spores remaining.
by PA_Docent
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Favorite plums
Replies: 4
Views: 3140

Re: Favorite plums

My two sweet cherries both died over the winter. I am thinking of planting plums in their places and Stamley is one I am thinking about.
by PA_Docent
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Newly planted apple trees
Replies: 6
Views: 4785

Re: Newly planted apple trees

They may abort the fruit this summer naturally however I would remove them to force more growth. Cut off any suckers (growth that is vertical). I have two dwarf apple trees and they started producing when two years in the ground. This third year, they are covered with fruit. Both trees are less than...
by PA_Docent
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Fireblight on Apple
Replies: 5
Views: 3885

Re: Fireblight on Apple

I find the copper spray stops fireblight if you catch it soon enough. When I notice the spots on leaves, I start spraying all my trees. So far so good. Mike
by PA_Docent
Mon May 25, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: where to get young sapling apple trees in Eastern Ontario
Replies: 3
Views: 2738

Re: where to get young sapling apple trees in Eastern Ontari

Give "Trees of Antiquity" or the OP website a try. They both possess a large variety of desireable apple trees. Ask them if they can deliver to Canada.
by PA_Docent
Mon May 25, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Favorite plums
Replies: 4
Views: 3140

Re: Favorite plums

I looked at OP and probably will order the Count Althann's Gage. Thanks Richard! Mike
by PA_Docent
Sun May 24, 2015 5:40 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Favorite plums
Replies: 4
Views: 3140

Favorite plums

I have two plum trees and looking for recommendatinos for a third. I currently have Green Gage and Italian (Fellenburg) plum trees. Thanks! Mike
by PA_Docent
Thu May 21, 2015 1:35 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower
Replies: 5
Views: 4191

Re: Apple variety pairing advice needed for new grower

Plant a crabapple to pollinate your trees. Crabapples in my collection include Nehou, Siberian, Hewes Virginia, and Whitney (are all good polliators). Nehou and Hewes bloom the longest. Check Orange Pippin or Trees of Antiquity for these crabappples.

Michael
by PA_Docent
Sun May 17, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Sweet Cherries and states north of PA
Replies: 1
Views: 2396

Sweet Cherries and states north of PA

I live on the border of PA and MD so considered southern PA (zone 5b/6a). Normally our winters are mild however last winter we had some very cold weather for two to three weeks. I lost my two sweet cherries (Black Republican and Lapins) and now wondering if the cold snap killed them? Does anyone gro...
by PA_Docent
Fri May 15, 2015 4:29 am
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Fearn's Pippin question
Replies: 2
Views: 2465

Re: Fearn's Pippin question

Is Fearn's Pippin a tip bearer or do the flowers form along the branches? There were plenty of "spurs" but these turned out to be new growth. I fertilize it just like my other trees.
by PA_Docent
Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Fearn's Pippin question
Replies: 2
Views: 2465

Fearn's Pippin question

My Fearn's PIppin has been in the ground five years now and has grown well. However it has yet to flower. Is Fearn's Pippin a shy bloomer? How old does the tree have to be to start producing? It is on M26 stock. Most of my other tree have started bearing.

Thank you - Michael
by PA_Docent
Tue May 12, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: rootstock for heavy clay
Replies: 3
Views: 4811

Re: rootstock for heavy clay

I also have trees on M26 stock that do well in clay soils. It takes about three to four years before they start bearing fruit though.