Grow Notes - September


For Home Orchards

September is the ideal month to plant containerized fruit trees. The warm earth encourages roots to grow as the top of the tree prepares for dormancy, allowing the roots to establish before spring’s growth and summer’s heat.

Orchardists in cold climates might consider a foliar spray of potassium. Applied post-harvest, potassium acts as an antifreeze, helping to prevent winter dieback.

Most cane berries have perennial roots, but biennial canes. In other words, a cane (an upright branch) sprouts and grows, bears fruit the second year, then dies. Removing dead canes at ground level keeps berry patches well-groomed, healthy and vigorous, giving space to the new canes and next year’s harvest.

Reference:

Q&A: What are the pros and cons of container fruit trees vs. bareroot?
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Fruit & Nut Catalog: Vine and Bush Fruits > Cane Berries

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