[NAFEX] Plastic bag apples

Mark Lee markl at nytec.com
Tue Aug 3 12:58:23 EDT 2004


Here is my update...
I'm not sure how many apples are bagged, maybe 50 total on two different
trees (Mutsu, Golden Russet, Yellow Delicious, Winter Banana, Pacific
Pride).  Sorry I haven't kept good statistics.  I haven't kept track of
how many apples have dropped with bags, but when this happens I transfer
the bag to a new apple.  I used cheap plastic sandwich bags, the kind
with a fold down flap.  Nothing is ripe yet.  I'm already seeing worm
damage on the unbagged apples.  No bagged apples have worm damage.
Apples in the bags in direct sun in almost 100'F weather show no heat
damage in the bags.  They show no scab while unbagged apples show the
scarring of scab already.  There appears to be no size difference
between bagged and unbagged fruit.
So far the cheap baggie method appears to be an excellent way to grow
blemish free organic apples in my backyard.  Maybe next year I will keep
better records.
-Mark Lee, Seattle

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Naomi
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 9:03 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Plastic bag apples


So far I have harvested gavenstein and Summer crisp from the bags.  The
Gravenstein had a lot of dropping bagged and unbagged.  The unbagged
were
thoroughly worm drilled. The bagged ones got a worm hole where the bag
got
too tight and split.  Those Gravensteins were good sized apples and
really
filled the Baggies beyond the max.

The Summer Crisp are crisp and delicious. No dropping problems and the
apples were small enough to stay inside the bags.  We have had 112 heat
and
lots of sun.  The apples have not "cooked" in the Baggies.  So far I see
no
reason not to do this again next year.
Naomi
Idaho Zone 6

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