Tree Following February 2017 Part 7.
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My James Grieve Apple Tree is, as you would expect, is not looking very interesting this month.
Well not in a leafy flowery way anyway.
It’s been briefly snowed on, frosted and very much rained on.
The tree is still in tree years very much a baby, with this its 4th year I’m expecting at least double last years harvest of 3 edible fruits.
In order to do this the tree has to have fruit bearing buds, which the above picture shows it certainly has.
I’ve also been considering the subject of winter pruning my Apple Tree, but as it is still relatively young at 4 years old, I’ve decided to hold off and leave it to put on a bit more growth.
If you prune your Apple during the winter months, which is (usually between November and early March), when the tree is dormant between leaf fall and bud burst, you will encourage lots of leafy growth, however if you prune during the summer months you encourage more flowering buds.
There is absolutely no need to use any form of pruning paint products.
I also noticed many Lenticels on the younger shoots of the Apple Tree.
A Lenticel is a small cork pore, or narrow line, on the surface of woody plant stems. According the RHS it functions as a pore allowing for the interchange of gases between the interior tissue and the surrounding air. Internal plant tissue is impermeable to gases without lenticel.
Now the Apple Tree is bare, it is also noticeable how much Lichen there is living on the stems. I think this one is a type of Xanthoria.
Lichens cause no problems to trees normally, unless the tree is very week or has poor vigour, then it may start to smother it a bit.
I like my Yellowy-Greyey Lichen, it shows that the air quality is relatively good in my area. Must be all those plants I grow.
If we have a sudden mild spring we might start to see some signs of life with the buds, or not.
Lets find out next month.
To be continued………