Oklahoma fruit crop management information
Operating as usual
Cherry and almond blooms on 11April22 Cimarron Valley Research Station
Apricot blooms/fruit at different stages on same tree 11Apr22
Eastern tent caterpillar showing up in my Enterprise apple tree. The first picture shows the typical webbing in crotches of the tree. The second picture shows the caterpillars inside.
Chinese Moorman Apricot prunings are blooming in my kitchen. The tree has very sparse flowers but lots of fruit buds that haven’t opened.
Fertilized the demo block trees yesterday. 13-13-13 was applied in a strip about a foot from the trunk. Band application helps the P & K to move into the soil more rapidly. Will wait to fertilize the newly planted trees until they begin to grow well. Grow tubes were put on the young trees to protect from herbicide applications that will be applied soon.
The Urban Horticulture class learned about pruning fruit trees and grapes today at Cimarron Valley Research Station.
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Peach trees are starting to show some buds swelling and a few pink buds. Normally full bloom is around March 20 in Perkins. We are a little behind this year.
What is your favorite pie? I like all kinds but my mom's apple is probably the best!
Finished planting the fruit trees this morning. This shipment may look nasty but these water absorbing gel beads keep moisture available to bare root trees during shipment.
Photos from OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture's post
Set up and ready for tomorrow’s field day!
Interested in selecting fruit trees for your lawn or how to hold them until planting time? Here's the Oklahoma Gardening segment from this weekend that may help.
Overwintering Tree Roots Becky Carroll, Fruit and Pecan OSU Extension Specialist, gives us some valuable advice about the number of chill hours needed for certain trees to break dorm...
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Join us for the Backyard Gardening 101 program on March 18. The event is FREE, but pre-registration is requested. Topics include container and raised bed gardening, choosing and caring for vegetables and how to incorporate fruit trees. Register today!
Just a few spots remain for the morning session of the Backyard Fruit Tree Field Day. The afternoon sessions are full.
Please register for either the morning or afternoon session by using the QR code or go to https://okstatecasnr.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKgv8izrHsJHbE2 - Spots are filling up.
Reservations for the Backyard Fruit Tree Field Day on February 19 can be made by registering at the link below. The field day will be divided into two timeslots, please select from the morning (9:00am-11:30pm) or afternoon (1:30-4:00pm) sessions. Both sessions will provide identical information. Also please fill out a form for each person planning to attend. Please reserve your spot by filling out the form in the link.
Take a look at a few ways we are trying to overwinter our figs outside in central Oklahoma. We have not tested these methods.
Winterizing Figs Demonstrating several options for winterizing figs in Oklahoma conditions
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Registration for the meeting is open here: https://hortindustriesshow.org/registration/
Have you started ordering fruit trees for Feb-March planting? I placed an order for some peach, nectarine, plums, apple and plumcot today. Watch for information about how you can get involved with the planting during our February 19th Backyard Fruit Tree Field Day.
It’s tempting to start pruning apples and pears once you lose leaves and can see the structure more clearly. Please wait until February or early March to prune. Starting too early can cause the trees to lose cold hardiness and more potential for winter injury.
Before last week's hard freeze, I harvested the one and only Salavatski pomegranate growing on the 2nd year shrub. From bloom to ripening takes about 6 months. The fruit had not completed ripening but here's what it looked like. I tasted a few arils and they were quite sour. Maybe next season, there will be a few earlier blooms that can complete the ripening process.
Freezing temperatures curled the edges of fig leaves but didn't kill the leaves just yet. Once the container figs lose their leaves, they'll be moved into the storm shelter to protect them from Oklahoma's winter temps.
This afternoon in the fruit demo block.
Figs still producing quite a haul today. More fruit will be ripening until the first freeze.
Here's a windy look at the figs growing at the Cimarron Valley Research Station. This segment aired this past weekend on Oklahoma Gardening.
Growing Figs in Central Oklahoma We travel to the fruit orchard at the Cimarron Valley Research Station in Perkins where we meet up with Becky Carroll, Extension Fruit and Pecan Specialist, ...
Some critters have been slipping under the electric fence and working up the soil along the dripline. We've had armadillos and wild hogs on the station lately.
Fig leaf ice cream? This chef uses figs in several preparations prior to leaf fall in the winter. Anyone in Oklahoma cook with fig leaves?
How to Use Fig Leaves in the Kitchen The Food Garden Life Show is an award-winning show that celebrates food gardens, food, family, community, and a slightly slower life.
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