[NAFEX] fruit bagging

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Tue Sep 20 14:46:05 EDT 2005

Yes, the squirrels here are uncannily bright.  

I refer you to the 1960s documentary series, "Rocky and Bullwinkle".


Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.

USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 

Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of John Barbowski
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 8:43 AM
To: fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com; North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] fruit bagging


The wildlife in the States must be awfully intelligent. I used to get
squirrel damage before bagging. For a two week period, the squirrels would
come and sample an apple; one chunk and spit it out - no different than
yesterday! With bagging, the deterrent appears overwhelming. I am tempted to
try it on my peaches next year, as long as the winter doesn't kill all my
flower buds. Bird pecks and wasp damage are also at a minimum - much much
less than totally bare. 


As for the zip lock, yes, there is an opening by the stem that I am sure
contributes to some contamination. For me, the damage is minimal. I have
removed bags that have half of the zip open and part of the apple is bare to
the elements - the apple was perfect! It seems that the most critical period
for the bags is when the apple is young and developing. The apple is covered
and I suspect cannot exude enough of its aromatic 'nectar' to entice the
little crawlies.  


When applying the zip lok, I have lost the odd apple because I slightly
twisted the apple. But the lock is never so tight that it "bites into the
stem". As for the "sail" effect. I would suggest that this enhances the
stability of the stem. The fruit stem is made of similar material as woody
stems. A stationary stem of an apple tree is definitely not as sturdy as one
that waves in the wind. 



Can Zone 6b - just N of Toronto


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