By the way HI TERRANCE! Nice to hear from you. Is this your way of an announcement or something? Missed you.
Mo On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 5:11 AM, maurice tougas <appleman.maur...@gmail.com> wrote: > Doug > We make whips work as well as feathered trees by growing the tree strongly > the first couple years. Don't head, get them to 10' asap.I've found they > fill in fine over the next two or three years. Whips won't produce as > quickly as well feathered though. At times we are sold "feathered" trees > which are actually "branched" trees that need to have branches removed so > as to allow tree to gain height and allow for feather development. The only > things I head, or pinch, are feathers in top one third of tree to reduce > auxin production and encourage more feathers below. Maxcel may help, but > frankly I've done a couple of controlled trials and after year three can't > find treated trees. > > Mo Tougas > > > On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:25 PM, Doug Nelson <Doug.Nelson@nelsonmultimedia. > com> wrote: > >> Forgot to mention the picture I have attached is an example of one of >> these poorly feather trees. My wires are two feet apart so you can see that >> this tree is almost seven foot tall. >> >> On Jul 3, 2017 4:22 PM, Doug Nelson <doug.nel...@nelsonmultimedia.com> >> wrote: >> >> I'm in my second year of growing apples. This year we planted 5000 apple >> trees tall spindle style. These will be used for upick. >> >> The nursery I bought from gave me about a thousand terrible trees with >> almost no feathers. >> >> I have sprayed heavily with Maxell to encourage lateral bud growth. Has >> not work that well. >> >> My Orchard is located right next to one of the Chicagolands largest >> commercial tree nurseries. The field manager of the nursery recently >> stopped by and told me he would encourage lateral growth by heading all of >> these poorly feathered trees. >> >> I know the rule with tall spindle is generally you never had the tree, >> but I think the assumption is that you have a lot of feathers. >> >> Has anyone ever headed poorly feather trees to encourage lateral growth? >> What were your results? >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> apple-crop mailing list >> email@example.com >> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop >> >> > > > -- > Maurice Tougas > Tougas Family Farm > Northborough,MA 01532 > 508-450-0844 <(508)%20450-0844> > -- Maurice Tougas Tougas Family Farm Northborough,MA 01532 508-450-0844
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