Manual of Practical Orchardwork at the Cape

Manual of Practical Orchardwork at the Cape

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...of young wood will be thrown out. An amount of a quarter to three-quarters of this can be then cut away, according to the taste of the grower and the distribution of the fruit buds. After this pruning in a peach tree, one can expect a small crop, and during the cutting one should keep an eye on the double or treble buds, that is, the fruit buds, in view of inducing a crop. As the tree gets older the same course of cutting back and thinning out should be pursued, with intent to produce a quantity of new or bearing V wood successionally each year, thus enabling the pruner to distribute his coming crop over the whole tree. Nor should he forget the leaving of such well-matured wood which may be forced out from the main stem as shall tend to balance the general set of the tree and equalise its bearing. The branches left in this way should, of course, be cut back in due course, leaving only a few more fruit-buds that are wanted for the following year. In fact, on the peach no laterals should be left of their full length, and the pruner must always look to the fruit-buds, and never forget he is cutting the bearing wood. You will occasionally see your fruit-buds near the points of the branches. Under these circumstances you must leave them, and do more thinning out of branches. Some farmers have asked me if I approve of summer pruning the peach tree while in its fruiting stage. I say most emphatically no, because by doingthis you cause a double growth of new wood, entailing twice theamount of cutting." It is necessary to call attention to the diiference between the leaf-bud and the flower-bud, in the peach and other stone fruits, as a guide to keeping the balance of wood and fruit. The bearing shoots in the peach and neetarine always more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893581
  • 9781236893581