Summertime Orchard: Behind the Scenes

Jul 11 by in Apples, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , with no comments

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It’s summertime at the orchards here at Arbor Day Farm, and we find ourselves in the middle of a very hot, very dry spell here in Nebraska City. We doing a lot of the same things that you’re probably doing in your backyard gardens: watering when we can, pulling weeds, helping our plants and trees mitigate the stresses of the season. As is typical in hot and dry years, the apples will likely be smaller in size and will mature faster this fall, resulting in an earlier appleĀ harvest.

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Orchards Report: The Apple Tree Bloom is Near

Apr 08 by in General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , with 4 comments

It’s the million-dollar question that comes around every spring in the apple orchard: “When will the apple trees be in bloom?”

A few people in the orchards industry call this event “prom for apple trees” because every branch is all dressed up with flowers, creating quite a spectacle.

My best estimate for seeing pink and white blooms on trees at Arbor Day Farm this year is right around April 17-21, 2010.

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