Life can often be paralleled to shooting an arrow into the air: it rises, climbs, peaks, and descends. Since trees are a part of life, they are part of that pattern. As everything in life grows older, deficiencies for various reasons begin to develop. I’m a firm believer that supplements can not only help and enhance the performance of people, but plants as well.
When a tree is old enough to bear fruit, it enters a different phase of its life — much like a new mother. No longer is it in self-serving mode; it’s taken on a purpose. Did you know that it requires 40 leaves to adequately feed one fruit? That takes quite some effort for the tree! Some trees are biennial because of this and tend to rest every other year (like Golden Delicious).
Through these changing years, it’s important to take care of the tree itself through adequate watering and replenishment of nutrients.
As a tree grows older, its roots become established, and the need for watering moves away from survival and growth to fruit size and quality; timely waterings, especially during droughts, will make a big difference in both.
Growing to maturity, a tree sends out feeder roots that match the circumference of the treetop. Many times the decline of a tree is brought about because it has effectively exhausted all the nutrients in its growing area (not to mention the depletion of reserve food used up by crops of fruit).
For this reason, I strongly recommend Stark® Orchard Fertilizer for trees that have been planted more than 2 years (or trees that are fruit-bearing aged).
Each year, apply:
When a tree becomes calcium-deficient, problems like bitter pit emerge, as well as small, sub-standard fruit. Nutri-Cal® is a good supplement to upgrade the health of your tree and its fruit.
Gardening Friend –
Watering and fertilizing the right way can help fruit trees achieve their purpose: bearing delicious fruit. As caretakers of this aspect of life, we play a role in how effective that purpose will be.
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