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Heat sink for fruit trees

Heat sink for fruit trees



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Heat sink for fruit trees

I have a pair of dwarf apple trees that are looking a little tired. They don't seem to do a lot at the moment. I've been looking on-line and have read that they like shade in winter.

I am thinking of moving them into my orchard, but I don't have any clear area to make a bed. At the moment they are growing in the open, where the soil is very well drained, but I don't think that there is good ventilation at the moment.

I thought of building a canopy, but I don't want to cover them up at the moment, as I want them to take over the orchard (maybe get something that will give a few trays of strawberries in the summer.)

My questions are:

1) Are there some apple trees that prefer the shade?

2) Are there trees that need less water than the others?

1. shade is the key thing for apples. They do not like heat, in fact they get better in cooler weather. they can't be planted in the open in the states, so you should consider planting in a shady area.

2. not sure what you are talking about with less water. if it gets too hot they will need more water and if it gets too cool they will need more water.

In this case it does not matter which tree variety. I prefer the apple varieties as there are more and better flavors.

As for fruit in general it is important to have a good root system and then good watering. In the hot sun all the water evaporates, and then you are only left with the fruit you pick. A good tree can sustain itself on a few inches of rain a day, during a drought the tree will stop growing.

A good tree can go years without a good watering, but it needs to be watered regularly in this case. Fruit has to be picked regularly or it will dry out.

When I plant a tree the first thing I look for is a good root system, then I think about the water it needs. I like to put mulch on the root systems so that rain can't wash the mulch into the soil, this minimizes the water the tree needs.

I agree with @soulchild, I think there should be two options when choosing a tree to plant in your area.

One option is the one recommended by most nursery's - apple varieties. If you are not going to be picking these apples anytime soon, then it is better to plant a variety which will be eaten fresh, such as eating apples.

The other option is to select an apple that will produce large, good quality fruit for several years, to be enjoyed by you and family. These varieties are generally non-store fruit, such as Honeycrisp.

As with anything else - it depends, there are many factors to be considered when planting a tree. I have some information about the different types of trees and their care but they're mostly for orchards.

The apples that I plant are selected to provide a variety of the tree with good hardiness and good flavour. I also plant to add some beauty to the area.

I will look at the information on the site linked in the OP, but I know enough about trees to know what I need to plant.

I've had apple trees that were a lot of work and I'm thinking of going with an apple that I know will be easy to work, even when it comes to picking apples.

I agree with @soulchild, I think there should be two options when choosing a tree to plant in your area.

One option is the one recommended by most nursery's - apple varieties. If you are not going to be picking these apples anytime soon, then it is better to plant a variety which will be eaten fresh, such as eating apples, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Honeycrisp (which is also known as Macoun, although it doesn't seem to be as hardy).

The second option should be for a fruit that will be enjoyed by you and your family for several years, such as Gala, Braeburn, Baldwin, Jonagold and Pristine. These are the fruit that are easy to pick, don't require pruning (only an occasional trim to keep the fruit off the ground and stop suckers from forming) and have a long, long shelf life.

There are apple varieties which are said to be more difficult to grow (mainly Honeycrisp, Macoun, Granny Smith and Bramley) which is mainly due to their not being good for eating fresh, but can be used to produce cider and/or juice (see @FruitGram's post).

The above varieties produce good sized apples which won't go to waste (unless you only want to pick them for use in juice or cider). So if you live in a cold climate (for example here in the UK), then you might want to consider planting a variety which will be frost tolerant, as some apple varieties which are considered to be more hardy (such as Red Delicious, Empire or Gala) do not mature well.The main thing is to try and find a variety that will be a good size and easy to harvest for you and your family (not all apples are the same) and which has a long shelf life.

If you need to protect your apples from freezing, then you can use a cloche or similar and wrap it around the tree - the cloche can be removed a few weeks after you plant the tree, if you need to pick a few apples from the cloche (which can be lifted off the tree). If you use a cloche, you can either grow the tree through it (which you wouldn't normally do in the UK) or it would be best to plant the tree straight into the ground and then grow it through a tube. If the cloche is being lifted off the tree you could get apple maggots in it (which are often seen inside cloches), which you can control by covering the hole with paper or compost.

I'd recommend that you look up the names of varieties that you are looking at and check their hardiness zone and/or weather conditions in your area. You may also want to look up the variety's country of origin and make sure it is not on the Watch-out list.

It's also worth noting that some varieties have been bred specifically to be grafted onto the rootstock (such as Macintosh), so you will need to get this variety if you are using it.

Good luck with your planting and I hope your apples grow well.

Hi - I would think that I could grow American varieties in the UK. The thing is that while you would think that the weather would be mild, they are not that warm here, not even after this winter, and I would imagine that it could get pretty cold here in the winter, especially where I live. That said, I'm very used to this, so am prepared.

If you are buying from a UK garden centre, then they may have apples which have been grown under glass in some cases, and this has been found to be successful, and you could do this if you have the space. You will need a heated glasshouse for