To Prune or Not To Prune
Why We Prune
This is the main stem or foundation of the tree.
Observe the fruiting buds on these horizontal branches.
When the sun shines on these branches it triggers a chemical reaction and the buds start to grow in May and June of 2014 for the 2015 Apple Crop.
If these branches are growing too vertical or covered with too much fruit blocking the sunlight at this critical time, the chemical reaction will not occur and no fruit buds will be produced for next season.
Besides training the branches into a more horizontal or at a 10 o’clock – 2 o’clock position, the center of the tree must be opened up to allow maximum sunlight. By removing or pruning all lateral sprouts which protruded from the horizontal branches last season.
At this time any lower sprouts protruding from the bottom of the horizontal branches can also be removed.
From the main stem, all lower lateral branches can be removed at this time to acquire a desired height, preferably 2′ from the ground.
Ideally the month of January is the best time for pruning Apple Trees. Besides being totally dormant the fruit buds are winter hardy enough to take temperatures down to -20 degrees.
On the other hand Peach trees should not be pruned until late February or March in order to access any cold damage which might have occurred during the colder part of winter. The old orchardists use to say for every degree the temperature drops down below 0 there is a potential of 10% fruit bud loss. (-8 degrees = possible 80% cold damage loss)
Family Friendly Farm
Admission – Spend $15.00 in our Market or Orchard and whole family plays and rides for FREE!
So mom, after you send the older ones off to school come on out for a shopping Play Day and while you relax with the other moms we will wear out the little ones down in time for their afternoon nap for FREE.
Now selling Rada Cutlery
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Directions to Hermans Farm Orchard:
From Florissant: Hwy 270 to Hwy 370 West across the MO River to 94 or 3rd St. Exit. Go Left on Hwy 94, 2 miles. Hermans Farm will be on your left.
From: St. Peters: Hwy 70 East to Hwy 370 East to 94 or 3rd St. Exit. Go Left on Hwy 94, 2 miles. Hermans Farm will be on your left.
Taking Reservations for Field Trips and Birthday Parties for U-Cut from the Vine Pumpkins for this season which includes an Educational Hayride!
Locally grown produce for the freshest taste.
Hardy, locally grown annuals of all varieties
Apples and Pumpkins also Dig your own Mums
Look around and see what all we have to offer in locally grown fresh produce, hardy flowers, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, and bedding plants.
Plus we carry a variety of jams, local honey, and in the fall we have pumpkins, hay, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourdes, and hay rides.
From our local produce to educational field trips for preschool age groups and Birthday Parties we offer something for everyone. Our family friendly atmosphere and extensive knowledge of produce and plants will have you coming back again and again.
Tom can show you how to get gardening weeks ahead of time in the spring with some tricks he has learned over the last few decades. Including covering your plants to make sure that they are protected from the weather.
Elsie can have your yard looking gorgeous with her talents for putting together flowering annuals that will work for your yard’s conditions. And bring in your favorite pots and we can put together a flowering arrangement that you will just love. We have a variety of Herbs and Spices that we can put into a planter for all your cooking needs.
In the fall we have many family activities: Pick your own pumpkin, free hayrides, u choose – we dig mums and u-pick apples.