[NAFEX] Apple Bagging Question

Nathan Torgerson nathantorgerson at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 13 13:59:42 EDT 2005


Jim,
This year I had small cracking of the apple surface on the part of the apple that got the most sun.  The apple didn't split open. just surface carcks.  I haven't tallied it, but I have seen that on about 6 of 40 apples I looked at.  Other years (previous 3 years), I have only seen two apples that were split open out of about 400.  I didn't notice a difference between bags that had water in them and the ones that did not.
    To note, I didn't care for my apple trees at all this year, except to bag the apples. My area (Minneapolis) had some dry periods mixed with torrential downpours, so I don't know if this impacted the apple growth.  I also had more insect damage this year, as I think I was a few days late getting the bags on the apples (I try to get them on by June 1).
 
Nate
Zone 4a

Mark and Piper <piper33 at verizon.net> wrote:
Jim,
My bagged apples split when the bags are totally filled with water. In the
bags that collect just a few ounces of water, the apples are fine.
-Mark


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Fruth" 
To: 
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:08 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Apple Bagging Question


> I snipped off the bottom corners of the Zip Lock bags before bagging my
> apples. Now that the fruit is ripe, ALL bags contain moisture, some more
> than others. About 20% of the fruit are split like a tomato that was
> watered too much. Is this normal or commonplace?
> --
>
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN
> www.bberryfarm.com
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