[NAFEX] covering cherries, fruit bags questions
arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Thu May 8 14:47:25 EDT 2008
i have found white paper sandwich bags do the same work as ziplocks,
no clipping corners, no interior condensation; a good barrier against
scab, codling moth and apple maggot. you just need a stapler to close
the open end of the bag around the stem of the apple. footies don't
do much against scab.
if you don't remove the bag 2 weeks prior to harvest, the fruit won't
color up, but you still get a good, storable, sweet apple. my bagged
melroses lasted until late march in unheated/uninsulated shed storage.
oregon city, OR - zone 8a and wet
On May 7, 2008, at 1:29 PM, Mark Dorogi wrote:
> Maybe I should try those Maggot Barriers this year. They cost 6
> times as much as ziplock bags, but still they are only about $.07
> per footie. The advantage of the footies would be that they
> “breathe” but I wonder if fungal infections like scab can find their
> way through the nylon and still get to the apples. Scab is heavy
> around here, although I try to keep the trees sprayed well until
> bagging time.
> I had the same issue with bird netting a few years back. Some
> branches got bent, particularly on the Montmorency sour cherry,
> which seems to have weak branches. You are right, a PVC support
> structure should be relatively cheap and effective.
> If you securely tie the netting right to the trunk, will that keep
> raccoons out? Or do they just rip it apart and proceed with their
> feasting? Apart from eating the fruit, they wreck the trees by
> climbing out to the end of branches and breaking them. They just
> about destroyed that sour cherry one year. I didn’t realize why the
> tree was falling apart I caught a raccoon in the act.
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> ] On Behalf Of Judi Stewart
> Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 2:37 PM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] covering cherries, fruit bags questions
> I’m loaded with cherry blossoms this year. Been taking a tube of
> orchard mason bees from the refrigerator every day now for the past
> three weeks. Plenty of wild pollinators are working the blossoms
> with the mason bees, but few bumble or honey bees are out. Has
> anyone used the product “bee scent” or purchased bags of pollen?
> We bought bird netting for the cherries in a 30’ wide roll and cut
> lengths to fit each tree. Nice stretchy material - has ¾” holes.
> Two of us worked together to cover each tree. We wrapped two ends
> of the netting to 10’ long PVC pipes, stood far apart from each
> other, raised the pipes up and walked the netting over the trees.
> Then we tied the netting around the tree trunk. This worked great
> to save the crop from the birds, though one bird did get caught.
> To remove the netting, we simply tied the netting to the poles again
> and raised it over and off the trees. The problem I had was that
> the netting resting directly on the tree, bent some of the limbs,
> especially those up high. This disfigured the limb placement. I
> imagine row cover, especially when wet, might have the same effect.
> This year we’re planning on putting together PVC frames for the
> netting in order to hold it off the tree. If we get carried away,
> we’ll paint the PVC green, which should also make it last longer.
> Instead of tying netting around the trunk, it’ll drape on the
> ground. A few 2 x 4’s around the perimeter will hold it down, also
> making it easier to get under the netting to pick the fruit. Long-
> time fruit club member Buddy Brock gets credit for this one.
> I bought the netting from American Nettings. Ask them about the
> other sizes they carry. Here’s their site:
> As for bagging, we’re using our club’s Maggot Barriers on apples and
> pears. Doesn’t look like we’ll have many peaches to bag here because
> of the frosts.
> Judi Stewart
> zone 8
> North Olympic Peninsula
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