What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group
SLOG - The South Lakeland Orchard Group
All of our events are free to members. We welcome new members who can join at the event - just £10 for a couple, and £8 singles. Alternatively, look on our joining page and contact Jill who will get you signed up now.
Outlook for 2014's Fruit Crop
What are the prospects for our fruit crop this year?
One of the critical factors is winter chill. Apple trees need about 1,000 hours at between 0-7°C (32-43°F) of winter chill to ensure adequate fruit set. We probably did not get that in this year's mild winter, so what will be the impact on fruit set?
Flower bud quality and particularly pollen strength is weaker where trees were not fully dormant and instead drew on their energy reserves. The pollen tube must reach the ovary within 12 hours to fertilise the apple. If the temperature is too low at flowering and/or it runs out of nitrogen nutrient, it will fail.
Commercial growers are planning to address this issue by applying foliar fertiliser sprays just before blossom because nutrient uptake from the roots is still slow in early spring. You may wish to consider a seaweed foliar spray to see if it helps.
SLOG's Spring Newsletter
Andy has one again put together the must-read for all who are interested in apples, orchards and other fruit. This time he talks about our rainfall, honey fungus, field voles and he reviews Alant, a heritage apple variety. Plus, much more.
If you are a member, you will have received a copy by email, or you can download it here.
The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria
Our chairman, Andy Gilchrist has written a book about the apple varieties and orchards of Cumbria. It is now on sale, for £9.00 + P&P and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on email@example.com.
Trees for Sale
SLOG are now able to offer maiden trees for sale which were grafted by ourselves in spring 2013. In addition, our member, Bob Bradley, also has maiden trees for sale.
If you are interested in Bob's trees, please email him for prices and availabilty on BraddersS@aol.com or phone on 015395 52340. His list of trees for sale is:
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