|Aubique Petite fig with zipper bags. 4.25.15|
|Apple cluster before thinning / bagging. 4.25.15|
Prior posts about bagging fruits. Summary - Easy. Greatly reduces disease and insect damage. May be beneficial for some bird damage. May hasten ripening. Very few negatives, some report mold on peaches but not so much for other fruits.
I thinned apple clusters to one fruit per cluster, and removed all flowers within 6 inches. That is pretty severe, but most years my apples are smaller than I would like. Thinning can help them ripen faster, grow larger, and maybe more flavor.
This was not much trouble at all. Puttering meditation. Puttering medication. Kind of disappointed when ran out of bags.
Most articles recommend bagging when fruit is dime size. These are smaller. I don't think that's a negative. If they all rot and fall off, I'll know what I did wrong.
|Apple singlet after bagging. 4.25.15|
|Zipper bagged apple bush. 4.25.15|