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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] fruit bags for organic production
  • Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:53:46 -0400

On Mar 31, 2016, at 11:41 AM, Jono Neiger wrote:

> Hi
> Im wondering what people think of bagging individual fruit as in using
> "fruit bags" or "Japanese fruit bags"
> Ive thought of trying it but havent gotten around to it. And I have several
> clients looking for them. Any sources?
> (sorry if this is a repeat topic- I didnt search the archives)
> thanks
> Jono

I also used zip-lock baggies to protect apples for a couple of years. I cut
off a corner of each bag, so they wouldn't fill with water. This did a good
job of keeping out insects. More importantly, it did a surprisingly good job
of keep out cedar apple rust. I have more problems with rust than with
insects, due to my location and there not being many domestic apples around.

But, the local critters learned that bags meant yummy food, and they
selectively ate all the bagged fruit (but didn't notice all the unbagged
fruit.) So I gave up.

Mostly it was squirrels, which just chewed through the bags to get at the
apples. But the funniest was when I found a an apple that had been 1/3 eaten,
and then carefully re-sealed into the bag. I assume that was a raccoon. (The
teeth marks were the right size for a raccoon, as well as the odd behavior.)

Ginda Fisher
eastern MA, zone 6

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