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HI TERRANCE! Nice to hear from you. Is this your way of an announcement or
something? Missed you.


On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 5:11 AM, maurice tougas <>

> 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 <>
>> 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?
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