WHAT TYPE OF TREE TO GROW, AND WHEN TO GROW IT

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tree_blossomUC Davis has some great advice for the backyard orchard. They discuss what types of trees to select, how to care for them, chill factors and they even have a pdf frost quide.

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Selecting a quality tree and caring for it appropriately increases the chances for successful orcharding. This usually begins with a bareroot tree from a quality nursery. Most nurseries are retail nurseries and seasonally purchase their bareroot selections from major nurseries or propagators specializing in tree fruits. December to March is the bareroot season.

Trees are measured, sorted, and sold by caliper, a measurement in inches just above the bud union on the tree. Historically, orchardists have learned to avoid undersized (<3/8 inch) or oversized (>5/8 inch) caliper trees. Undersized trees may be inherently weak. Oversized trees may have tops largely imbalanced with the root system due to mechanical tree digging practices common to the industry. A large top and small root system taxes the tree’s ability to meet water and nutrient requirements of the top and sustain itself during periods of stress. A preponderance of large caliper trees can appear at chain and discount stores during the bareroot season.

You can find the full article here: The California Backyard Orchard

 

 

 
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