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On the second day of October, Tom picks and savors Flavor Finale Pluot®, Coffeecake persimmon, Parfianka and Eversweet pomegranates. Discussion includes when to harvest pomegranates and late season apples, and fall season orchard chores: pick up fallen fruit, stay ahead of weeds, replenish mulch.
How to distinguish between cane and spur fruit production. Cane pruning a Thompson Seedless, spur pruning a vigorous Black Monukka.
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®.
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 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.
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.
Keeping trees manageable is easy enough. How about growing a fruit bush? Did you know you can keep your fruit tree under 5 feet tall? Again, Tom shows you how.
Multiple-Budded Fruit Trees, aka Multi-Buds, need special pruning care. Tom shows you how to keep your tree multi-budded.
Tom Spellman demonstrates and explains winter detail pruning in DWN's two-year-old backyard-orchard-style planting. Controlling tree height, opening up the centers for better air circulation and sunlight penetration, balancing the trees, all clearly shown.
Or watch specific sections of interest, beginning with "Reasons to Prune Your Bareroot Order". Sections are listed here.
We strongly suggest a retail grade dormant pruning on all fruit trees, especially on almonds, peaches and nectarines. It is imperative to uniformly top and thin the branching structure on stone fruit to insure a healthy vigorous tree.