WHAT FOR THE HANDLER (WILD APRICOT) TRANSFUSION THREE TIMES AT DIFFERENT PLACES OF THE SITE
Ten years ago, several apricot trees of different varieties were planted in the country for better pollination. Since then, we always have a basement full of apricot jam, marmalade, compotes.
From spring frosts the husband covered the flowering trees with a cloth in 2 layers. And at the very beginning of flowering, he sprayed the crowns with a solution of honey (1 tablespoon per 1 liter of warm water) to attract more insects to pollination.
Under the trees are full of apricot kernels, some of them sprout.
In the fall, three such self-seeding (they are called a spade, wild apricot) planted in a sunny place. They have the same delicious fruits as the mother tree, while the plants are unpretentious in care.
But if you want to preserve the valuable qualities of the variety, then it is better to transplant the spade every year (in the fall) for three years in different places. In the third year, the strongest seedling was planted already in a permanent place, and the other two were presented to relatives, who now have their own fragrant sweet apricots.
© Author: Valentina GREBENNIKOVA Photo by the author
WORD TO THE SPECIALIST - 1
The tradition of replanting seedlings came to us from our ancestors when they dug up plants in the forest and brought them to their land. A tree that grew on poor soil, once cultivated, of course, developed better and gave a richer and higher-quality crop. But today replanting several times seedlings that originally grow in fertile land does not make sense.
Valery MATVEEV, Doctor of Science
WORD TO THE SPECIALIST - 2
I do not advise gardeners to use the author's recommendations to pick flowers from one half of the tree, loading the second crop. This technique will not increase either the size or sugar in the fruit.
Use the long-established method - uniform thinning of the ovary throughout the crown.
Valery MATVEEV, Doctor of Science
On a note:
Our street in spring is enveloped in white-pink clouds of flowering apricot trees that grow in every yard, including ours. The first seedling was planted in a lighted area on the south side of the house (the building serves as good protection from the cold northern winds).
It is important to correctly form the crown - in the spring (in March) I shorten 3-1 lateral shoots on the main branches at a 2-year-old seedling, leaving only 5 cm from the base (for highly branched trees) or 15 cm (for weakly branched). Admission increases the annual growth of branches inside the crown. Next year, I shorten the most powerful shoot (leaving 10 cm from the base), and neighboring branches - by a third (they grow with short shoots, where flower buds form).
A year later, I cut the shoots again by a third. As a result, the growth of the crown decreases, and the plant spends all its strength on the formation of fruits (adult trees can be pruned in the summer immediately after harvesting).
Another secret is how to increase the yield of apricots. During flowering, tear off the flowers from one half of the crown - from the remaining ovaries, sweeter and larger fruits will form. And next year, selected fruits will grow in the other half, where flowers were cut off in the previous season.
© Author: Valery FROLOV, Belgorod. Author photo
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