[NAFEX] fruit bagging

Doreen Howard gardendiva at charter.net
Mon Sep 19 20:27:44 EDT 2005

All the reports of apple bagging success are encouraging.  I bagged the one 
apple set on my Pixie Crunch tree (second season in the ground) and 
harvested it in perfect shape, with excellent red color.  I used clear 
zipper bags. I look forward to next season when three other apple trees 
should flower and Pixie Crunch will set more fruit.  I did only the dormant 
oil and neem seed oil sprays at appropriate times and have no disease 
problems so far.

You all have been great mentors to my first apple growing attempts, and the 
bagging info is the best.

We ate the one apple yesterday, with great ceremony.  Pixie Crunch was 
crisper and juicier than Honeycrisp, which we sampled along with it.  The 
flavor is different than Honeycrisp--more pronounced, less sweet, but 
complex.  Thanks, Ed for recommending such a great apple. The Howards will 
be eating those apples for generations, hopefully!
Doreen Howard

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