In my quest to make my new life in the country I planted a small orchard. I did this before I knew much what permaculture was. Now, I'm attempting to add more biodiversity to the orchard. It's a fun process. In this video you can see one tree that I'm trying to fix after a light wind storm.
My answer is pure guesswork so take it for what it's worth:
After listening to Sepp and Paul stuff I am thinking that these trees are disadvantaged because the lower limbs are trimmed off so will be naturally top heavy and prone to falling over. I have staked all of mine, partially due to dumb things I did 5+ years ago that I can't undo and on others because they are so top heavy when I bought them.
My next trees I will leave all of the lower limbs and will not attempt to make it a 'tree' form - I wont buy any more like that either. Instead I'll let it have that 'shrubby' look and see what happens.
our neighbors also had a Honeycrisp apple break in the windstorm with a heavy load of apples on it..at the graft..they weren't here when it happened so they didn't get a chance to regraft it to attempt to save it...maybe they aren't well equipped for their load in the wind?
Bloom where you are planted.
posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I staked mine when I planted because I just thought how people did it. I do a lot in ignorance. I'm learning new ways. When I expand the orchard I'll reconsider.