When and how to reap a crop of apples — councils of the skilled gardener
Even the gardener with an experience can not always precisely define when to gather apples as there is no uniform parameter which would define optimum degree of a maturity of a fruit. The autumn crop generally goes for storage, however not any apple will be suitable for a lezhka: not ripened contains less sugars, it tasteless, and overripe long will not lie, will decay. Therefore when cleaning this fruit it is important to choose a certain moment of a maturity correctly.
When to gather apples: we define the necessary ripeness
It is possible to determine ripeness of fruits by some indicators.
Skilled gardeners determine ripeness of the apples suitable for storage, by fruit drop and as speak, approximately. If large, beautiful fruits started falling, it is time to reap a crop.
When it is possible to collect summer, autumn and winter grades
Duration of storage of apples directly depends on competent definition of their removable maturity. On maturing time this fruit shares on 3 groups:
As it is correct to gather apples from a tree
It is desirable to reap a crop in dry and warm day, it is better in the second half. Especially it concerns winter grades. Late fall air manages to get warm a little, and fruit to dry. Usually on South side of a tree fruits ripen slightly earlier therefore also collecting needs to be begun with it.
Sometimes summer or autumn grades should be removed after a rain. In this case it is necessary to wait some time that fruit dried up on a branch a little.
It is necessary to start harvesting from the lower circle and gradually to move ahead to a top. The damaged or worm-eaten fruits are not suitable for storage. It is not recommended to remove apple and without fruit stem as it is negatively reflected in a lezhkost.
How to store a fresh crop of apples, read here.
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