Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I have an apricot tree that is so heavy laden with fruit that it broke a major branch yesterday leaving me with about a half bushel of partially ripened fruit. Can any of it be saved? What should I do?
Rate This FAQ
Fruit ripens in part by ethylene gassing (that's what commercial tomato shippers do by picking green tomatoes, packing them up, and gassing them with ethylene to bring out the red color) however, some of the sugars and flavors are just not going to develop once fruit is off the trees as well as the texture of the fruit will be altered. You could try putting the green apricots in a single layer and covering loosely with a garbage bag (to concentrate ethylene gas but not so tightly that humidity builds up and promotes rotting and mold formation) possibly could help, but like supermarket tomatoes, will be inferior to tree ripened fruit.
Of more concern is the health and condition of your tree. That large of an injury will be very stressful for the tree. The tree will try to seal that wound, expending energy to sealing off but it is such a large wound it will not necessarily be able to seal off. It also is a large surface area where bacteria and mold spores could take hold and cause problems down the road. It is not recommended to cover the wound, it's better to leave it uncovered, as most wound dressings and covering actually promote an environment more favorable for bacteria and fungi. If you want to send a digital photo of the damage, I could better see the damage. For the future, pruning your tree for even weight distribution, thinning fruits are annual maintenance required for healthy trees. There are many useful publications from Extension on pruning fruit trees. Here is one from University of California http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/filelibrary/2002/3363.pdf that will provide information on proper pruning of fruit trees.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- I have seen ads for canada green grass seed. It talks about it's resistance to drought, and the fact that is a very hearty grass. Do you have any info on this grass seed?
- I had three Canadian Red Chokecherry (prunus virginiana L.) planted Oct 2007; 1 1/2" caliper, 13' tall. This spring, the leaves were a solid green; now they they are turning a purplish red. Is this normal?
- I have a young (~3 year old) brown turkey fig. I planted it last fall and it survived! the winter. It is producing small figs now but the leaves have a brownish gray powdery looking substance on them. It doesn't rub off but looks like powdery spots. Any clue what it might be or what I should do? The leaves remain green and look healthy. This appeared after the recent heavy rains.
- How to get rid of Goat Head Thorns?
- My greenhouse made of visqueen does not allow the sun to hit soil, causing the growth of algae on the surface. What must be done?
- We have a weed in our hay field that is choking out the field in quite a large area. The weed has a hard stem with heart shaped leaves about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size around the stem leading to seed pods that look like flowers that are hard and have a seed in them. The seed is red and the husk around them is green when the seed leaves the husk is white, stem is hard green and stick like.
- The leaves on my grape plants have turned yellow. The veins are still green but the rest of the leaf is yellow. I added some iron about a week ago and have not noticed any change as yet. Is there something else I need to do?
- We want to grow aspen and scrub oak on our property. Can we transplant, if so how and when? Or do we need to grow from seeds? How often to water if we grow from seeds?