April Fruit Tree Tasks: Boost Fruit Production and Manage Leaf Curl

| 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM

Here’s a quick and easy spring task that'll pump up your fruit production. This neat trick is best suited to apples, apricots, peaches, plums and pears.

Now that the sap is rising and branches are flexible, new branches can be tied down. Tying them down changes their direction from up to out, making them easier for you to reach and best of all, it inspires your tree to produce loads more fruitful wood.

For easy to reach apples, open structure for good health and lots of fruit, tie young branches to horizontal. Artwork by Steve Howell

The more horizontal the branch, the more fruitful it is. The more horizontal the branch, the less inclined towards lush unproductive growth it is. That’s how a tree’s hormones roll. All the fruitful energy in a vertical branch happens at its tip. Tie that branch down and the energy shifts. Laterals pop up all along a horizontal branch and where there was one, now there are many fruitful tips.

By the time autumn rolls around, the wood has thickened, the year’s growth ring has locked the new angle in place and the tie should be removed.

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5/2/2019 11:41:17 AM

This article has good common sense to raising fruit trees. I'm saving it because I will have fruit trees in the future.

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