Apricot on Open Tatura

Apricot on Open Tatura

$55.00

Topics covered in the manual 

  • Do your research first
  • Need for winter chill
    • cold units
    • minimise the risk of delayed foliation
  • High density—the way to go
    • what to consider
    • planning for success
    • Open Tatura
  • Sunlight drives the apricot-producing factory
    • shape and size of trees
  • Produce large, high quality apricots
    • The V-shaped canopy
  • Open Tatura with four leaders — makes growing apricots more affordable and profitable
    • orchard specifications
    • build a simple, efficient tree structure
    • first year in the orchard - establish four dominant leaders on each tree
    • second year in the orchard and beyond - tree training
    • branchless four-leader concept
  • Maintain production of large fruit of high quality—Use the leader-renewable method
    • extinction of spurs
    • sequence of renewal after six years
  • How to grow large apricots
    • have adequate nitrogen reserves
    • thin fruit early
    • trim spurs in autumn
  • Plant good quality nursery trees
    • specify your requirements
    • inspect your trees
    • Varieties and rootstocks
    • Bacterial gummosis
      • canker phase
      • infection
      • how to prevent bacterial gummosis 
  • What you can do to avoid frost damage in spring
    • two types of frost
    • how fog, clouds and wind affect frost
    • minitor frost before it does damage: equipment, wet-bulb and dry-bulb thermometers
    • dew point
    • how to potect your orchard from frost: passive an active options; sprinklers; wind machines; heaters
    • frost warnings
  • Pollination and fruit set
    • understand pollination
    • bees (numbers, quality, brood size, colony age and strength), their behaviour and pollination
    • hive numbers
  • Calcium in the soil, tree and fruit
    • what to do to ensure adequate calcium reaches your fruit
    • cultural practices
    • pre-harvest calcium sprays & post-harvest dip
  • What happens to trees after harvest?
    • nutrients
    • importance of roots
    • spring growth
    • storing nitrogen
  • How useful is a soil test?
    • they can be misleading
    • a place for soil analysis
    • benefits of leaf and sap analysis
  • Soil organic matter
    • why is organic matter important in the soil
    • what is it and where does it come from
    • amount in the soil
    • organic matter and supply of nutrients; soil stability
    • how to increase organic matter in the soil
  • NEW Crown Gall
  • Nitrogen fertiliser
    • young trees - first year
    • bearing trees - second year and beyond
  • Keep trees thirsty after harvest
  • Winter chill for breaking dormancy
    • chilling requirement
    • minimise the risk
    • tree response to chilling
$55.00

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