[NAFEX] Braeburn blossum thinning
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Sun May 3 08:48:11 EDT 2009
I always feel safe to thin the flowers of certain varieties and species just
to accelerate the thinning process and direct as much energy as possible
where I want it. For apples, Braebern is certainly a candidate for flower
thinning- the tree is so spurry and prone to bienniel bearing (for me).
Goldrush is another I thin the flowers of. Any peach tree I grow can be
thinned at any time and so on.
I would thin Asain pears early as well but their flowers are extremely frost
tender so I wait until shortly after bloom to begin although I often thin
the spurs a lot when I'm pruning.
The reason I like thinning early is also to limit my contact with Imidan as
I do all my thinning by hand. It's just too complicated for me to thin
apples chemically because the orchards I manage are small with a wide range
of varieties that respond differently to chemical thinning. I also hate
adding Sevin to my program because it seems to assure outbreaks of mites.
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