With my Washington Navels, I get a good quality, sweet fruit if I pick during the cooler, drought-stressed season. The same trees yield watery fruit if picked in the warmer rainy season.
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Don't worry about the bees I heard monsanto is releasing pesticide resistant gmo bees, they are in the testing phase now (jk btw ).
Key Lime grove workers are provided with protective gloves. - Millet
Yes what wicked thorns they have.
Perhaps a contraption similar to what they use to harvest prickly pears around here.
+2I'd cut it down to a stump, let the water sprouts shoot up and then re graft it. You could do a couple grafts with type A and type B variety to help your fruit set. Carlos on the forum does it to a lot of trees in his grove. I'm sure he wouldn't do it if it shortened the trees lifespan.\
I worked on an apple farm in upstate New York during my high school years. Picking, pressing and bottling cider. That was a long time ago, before all the dwarfing rootstocks such as M9. Now, apples are typically grown tightly in rows, trees 2 meters apart, almost like a vegetable.\
And the new varieties are great. Has anyone tried SnapDragon, also known as NY1? It's a hybrid from the HoneyCrisp. I've not tried it but hear it's very good.
wtf! There is an improved Honeycrisp?
This article by Morton is interesting
She says the leaves of a bunch of fruit trees are edible....
Mangoes, cashews, spondias (several species), Eugenias (and syzygiums ), emblic, antidesma, jackfruit, mulberry, soursop, sapodilla, persimmon ...and more...
the rootstock is about 3 months avg old give or take a month on each rootstock, but what do you mean they should not be dormant? . .
jcaldeira, I just noticed your question concerning how much the drop in water temperature is over night with the drums of storage water inside my greenhouse. The solar heat up of the water barrels inside the greenhouse, and the drop in the water's temperature over night varies daily and also from season to season. However, to answer your question I took the water temperature yesterday at dusk, and again the following morning. Note that in the northern hemisphere during January the sun is very low on the horizon during the day, so January's solar production is the lowest of the year. Anyway, the water's temperature at sunset was 61.5 F, the next morning it was 57.5 F, a drop of 4 degrees. This translates to a release of 4 free BTU's of heat into the greenhouse for every one pound of water inside the barrel. Each 55-gallon drum contains 551 pounds of water. There are 100 drums (acting as benches) inside the greenhouse Therefore, 100 barrels of water inside the greenhouse last night gave of 4 X 551 X 100 = 220,400 free BTU of heat. Note, I had the greenhouse propane heaters set at 55- F, so the water would not go much lower. One could get 10 or 15 times more free BTU's by setting the propane heaters at 35 F night temperatures, but I want the extra winter growth, from the trees by maintaining the higher temperature range. The amount of released solar heat will increase in February, March, and April. From May through August the water storage actually helps cool the greenhouse during the hot summer days by absorbing the daytime heat. - Millet