Shelburne Orchards

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blossom time

Apple trees will try and go on an every other year cycle. One year heavy crop and the next very light crop. We try and correct this by thinning the apples just after they "set". When the bloom period is over, we check how well the bees pollinated the flowers. If the bloom period is sunny and warm, and all the different apple varieties flowers have opened together, and the bees have cross pollinated them..then the set will be good. If the set is heavy, we spray a mild acid on the trees and give them a temporary false sense of weakness. Hopefully If this is calculated correctly, the tree will drop apples in June and leave a moderate crop. We like moderate.. It means good size apples and a return crop the following year. Nick