pple orchards with trees planted close together on dwarfing or size-controlling
rootstocks are referred to as high density plantings. By using size-controlling
rootstocks, we are able to increase tree densities dramatically. From this we
achieve higher yield per acre, better fruit quality, and earlier production
which, of course, means a quicker return on our investment.
Here are new trees planted
|Looking down between rows.
Another advantage from high density plantings: these trees can be trained, pruned, and harvested from ground level.
View of the end of the rows
| he fruit on these trees is appearing 2-3 years sooner than on traditional
plantings and yield 2-3 times more fruit per acre.
Here is a close up photo showing the arrangement used to anchor the trees to upright stakes.
| ith this slender, spindle-type training system we use, the trees need to
have a permanent support system to ensure fast growth and give the tree
adequate support for heavy fruit loads. The main support is a 10-ft-long piece
of conduit or galvanized pipe 1 inch in diameter placed 6 inches away from
each tree and driven 2 ft into the ground, linked by a trellis system with high
tensile wire. The end of each row is anchored by a large pole and the trees are
tied loosely to the wires.
We are growing Gala, Ginger Gold, McIntosh and Red Delicious apples in this orchard and are enthusiastic about this modern fruit farming technique.