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- For best quality fruit and to prevent limb breakage, thin the crop early and aggressively. Also discussed: minimal irrigation, low-nitrogen fertilizing and the benefits of mulch. Plus, first summer pruning of the demo low-cut trees for size control, improved air circulation and sunlight penetration.
- Tom urges backyard growers to hone their fruit thinning technique and discipline. Also, pinching back early growth at thinning time.
Picking persimmons in December, 2013. Past season's growth and size control of demo orchard trees: peach, plum, Pluot®. Fig espaliers vs. gophers. Preview of the winter pruning for new pomegranate espaliers and trees to be kept under six feet tall.
Tom reviews the DWN Backyard Orchard Demo planting in bloom, discussing pollenizer bloom overlap, the importance of low-nitrogen fertilizer, mulch, minimal irrigation and the early thinning of fruit.
Tom Spellman talks about the main points of Backyard Orchard Culture. Topics include managing tree size, successive ripening fruits, dealing with poorly draining soil, the basics of fertilizing, mulching and more.
Planting Fruit Trees
In part two we finish planting our fruit trees and grapes, then Tom goes over some pruning techniques.
Watch as we plant a new BYOC demo orchard. Part 1 includes a raised bed, multiple budded fruit trees, pomegranates and more.
How can you get three or four times the variety in the same space as one? High density planting and successive ripening is the answer. Dave Wilson Nursery shows you how.
When planting a multiple budded fruit tree, there are a few important things to consider.
Poor draining soils in your area? Elevate your planting and give your fruit trees some room to breathe.
Dave Wilson Nursery goes over the finer points of planting a fruit tree.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Multiple-budded: prune to balance the varieties, open the centers, control size. Extra-low trees controlled at less than six feet tall: Flavor Finale Pluot®, Santa Rosa plum and Cot-N-Candy Aprium®.
- Winter detail pruning. Splash Pluot®: open the center, remove crowded limbs, reduce vegetative growth. Flavor Delight Aprium® espalier: so easy to maintain. Pomegranate espalier: how and when to begin the basic structure. Important reminder: prune with a purpose and keep it simple.
Tom Spellman conducts the first summer pruning of 2013 in the new DWN Backyard Orchard Culture demo planting, showing home growers how to get it done by keeping it simple. The main objectives of summer pruning are 1) tree size control for ongoing easy maintenance and 2) air circulation and sunlight penetration in the canopy for healthy, productive trees and better fruit. Tom also samples some of the fruit in season: Burgundy plum and Tropic Snow peach.