Sunday, June 19, 2011
Planting Fruit bearing Trees
Regarding the Fugi, to realize fruit growth, the limbs have to hang downward. We were told to place weights (using string or similar) to pull the branches downward which will then help produce the fruit (in a few years). Seems like a lot of work and waste of time to me.
The few plums look great but will take some time to get a more abundant crop.
The Pears are another issue. The one tree was overflowing with new pears HOWEVER, because of the weight of the individual branches with pears, the branches could not support the pears and actually broke off, thus ruining several beautiful pears. We have corrected this by using heavy duty 'ties' and clips to support the smaller branches with a lot of fruit.
We also had to cover the trees with a net, purchased cheaply at either Loews or Home Depot and surrounded the trees with it. This keeps all rodents and deer away from the fruit. Since doing this, we've had no problems. See pictures. http://deer-repellents.com/nets.htm
The netting is sensitive to an animal's nose so it does scare them off. It is the only thing that we found does work and it is cheap compared to a lot of sprays and similar chemicals that only contaminate your fruit.
We have since purchased a solar powered (non-hard wired) sensor which will hopefully startle the critters. We will keep you posted.