Organic Fruit- Maintaining Your Organic Apple Tree
A really good source of organic fruit is an apple tree. Once it reaches full growth, one tree can offer your family enough fruit for drinks, pies and fruit salads and snacks year after year. Keeping an apple tree happy without the use of chemicals is not difficult if you understand basic growing techniques.
Planting and Harvesting
You want to plant an apple tree is in the late fall or early winter when the leaves are gone and the tree has become dormant to prevent shocking it during transplanting. Your apple tree will start producing organic fruit with in one season of being planted, so the following fall harvest will bear fruit depending on the species and size of your tree.
Ground Soil Quality
Another thing that factors into the quality of your organic fruit is the trees ground soil quality. The tree eats what it takes out of the ground through the watering it gets. Poor levels in the soil will cause the tree to not grow properly or efficiently and perhaps even effect the overall health of the tree. You will want to apply animal waste type fertilizers that do not include chemical reactants or agents as this is an organic tree and natural fertilizers are the best option.
Pruning and Trimming
When dealing with organic fruit and any type of natural food you add a higher failure rate as chemicals and other unnatural agents are not utilized to prevent bug infestations and speed growth and production. With an organic tree, you will reap greater rewards by ensuring that dead or non productive branches are pruned and spurned into doing something for you.
You will want to trim back any dead branches and on some species, you can clip the buds to cause more organic fruit to be produced. Regular pruning would only involve fruit stimulation, or the removal of branches that are beginning to show problems to the tree's overall health.
Long before your tree produces any organic fruit, it needs to be stable and hold itself upright without problem. Most young trees will firm up and become more stable by the first harvest by using poles as stabilizers. You would cable your tree to some posts to help guide it into growing straight and strong. Be sure that you do not wrap the tree in cable, there are harness type cable systems you can use that won't hurt the trees growth or bark.
Bugs are one of the largest problem with growing organic fruit or on any organic farm for that matter as they do not deploy any type of pesticides to remove harmful insects. With a fruit tree you are also in danger of rabbits, deer and even voles that will try to nibble on the sweet bark or roots. Generally a small wire cage made in a 2-foot high circle around the tree helps to deter this, and they can be bought in a kit, with easy assembly instructions.