Enterprise Apple Care – How To Grow An Enterprise Apple Tree
How To Grow An Enterprise Apple Tree: The Best Way Of Growing A Sweet Orchard Orchard Fruit Trees
The best way of growing a sweet orchard orchard fruit trees is to have a large number of trees. You can plant several hundred trees and still not get enough apples to satisfy your needs.
You will need to keep them healthy so they produce good quality fruit. They must be watered regularly to prevent their drying up and rot. If you don’t water them often enough, they may die from lack of moisture.
You can’t just leave these trees alone; you’ll end up with a bunch of dead trees!
There are many ways of keeping your orchards alive and producing great tasting apples. Some methods are more effective than others.
1) Use Watering Methods That Work For Your Orchards
Watering method that works well for your orchards is one that provides regular watering. You want to provide a constant supply of fresh water to your trees. If you let them dry out too much, then they won’t survive long enough to produce fruit.
You can use drip irrigation for your orchards, so that they get the water they need and not waste any.
2) Soil Preparation
Soil preparation involves testing your soil to determine which minerals or chemicals it is lacking. If the soil in your orchard does not have enough of the nutrients that trees need to live and produce fruit, then you should get it tested. You can also take a soil sample to a local lab for testing.
If the soil in your orchard does not have enough of the nutrients that trees need to live and produce fruit, then you should get it tested to determine what nutrients it is lacking. After you have the results you can then go buy the specific nutrients that your trees are lacking from a local garden supply store.
3) Planting In Concrete Slabs To Help Your Orchards Survive
Most people don’t think about planting their apple trees in concrete. Concrete is a great way to ensure that you trees get the support they need to stay alive and healthy.
You can bury the concrete posts that come with the concrete slabs inside the ground. The post will help the slab stay in place and provide better support for your trees.
4) Pruning Your Orchard Apple Trees
Pruning your orchard apple trees is not something that most people look forward to doing. It is time consuming and difficult to do well. You can hire people to do the job for you if you don’t want to bother doing it yourself.
You will need to get your trees pruned every year to keep them healthy and producing good quality fruit. The best time to do this task is in the winter or very early spring before they start flowering.
5) Using Dormant Oil On Your Apple Trees
One thing you can do to your orchard apple trees is coat them in dormant oil. This helps prevent insect infestations and diseases that could harm the trees. It also prevents the spread of any potential infestation or disease.
The trees should be sprayed with the oil first before the dormant season begins, and then again one more time a month later.
6) Using A Fungicide To Prevent Diseases On Your Orchard Apple Trees
You can prevent orchard apple trees from getting diseases by using a strong fungicide. Get some from your local garden supply store or nursery. Follow the directions on the label for mixing and spraying the fungicide.
You’ll need to spray your orchards at the beginning of the growing and dormant seasons to prevent or stop diseases that could harm your trees.
7) Manage Your Water Supply In Your Orchards
The best way to manage your water supply in your orchard is to plant the types of apple trees that need the least amount of water. Some types, such as the Honey Crisp, only need about 15 inches of water per season.
You can also choose to water your orchards at specific times of the year. For example, if you water your orchard in the winter, that water will then be absorbed into the ground to be used during the rest of the year.
If you are really interested in conserving water, you can plant your orchard trees so that the roots feed off of moisture from a stream or underground spring. Be careful though, if the quantity or quality of the water source is poor, it can also be dangerous for your trees.
Another way to conserve water is to plant your orchard trees closer together. This lets them share the same water source and reduces the overall amount of water you need to give them each season.
8) Grafting Your Own Apple Trees
If you want to get really serious aboutapple farming, you can try your hand at grafting your own trees instead of just planting apple seeds. Grafting allows you to create unique and hybrid trees that don’t occur in nature.
The grafting process is similar to what you see done with roses. The scion wood, which contains the traits you want in the tree, is attached to a rootstock that determines the size of the tree as well as its basic tolerance to soil and other environmental factors. Different rootstocks can result in trees that grow to be anywhere from a small bush to a large tree.
You can even make hybrid apple tree by grafting together different varieties. This allows you to create a variety that might be better than any found in nature.
9) Get A Vocation In Apple Farming
There are many different vocations that you can have involving apple farming. You could sell your apples wholesale to an orchard or grocery store. You could also open up an orchard market of your own to sell your apples directly to the consumer.
A popular option is to make and sell apple cider and apple cider vinegar. You can even make apple juice, though this requires a lot of apples and is better if you have more than several acres planted.
You could also get into the apple drying and preservation business. There is a large demand for this type of product when supply is short during the winter months.
Finally, you could get into the apple seed business. Collecting, cleaning and selling seeds is a relatively simple process and can provide a nice addition to your income.
10) Open An Apple-Themed Bed And Breakfast
If you have extra room on your property, you could open an apple themed bed and breakfast. You can transform one of your abandoned buildings into a place where guests can stay and experience country life.
You’ll need to add the essentials to your property such as a bathroom and shower. You may also want to add a mini kitchenette or at least a coffee maker. You can add some colorful decorations to give the rooms a warm and inviting feeling.
Try advertising your bed and breakfast online along with signs on the road leading to your property. Also, let your local town’s tourist office know about your B&B so they can direct people your way.
11) Open An Apple-Themed Cafe
If you’d prefer a more social vocation, you might want to consider opening an apple-themed cafe. This is probably best if you have a larger piece of property since you’ll need room for a small seating area as well as a cooking space.
Try decorating your cafe like a giant apple or in a country style. Add an old fashion counter with stools as well as a small stage for live musicians to play. Place some paintings of apples in various shapes and sizes throughout the cafe to reinforce the theme.
Make your menu simple but delicious. Some classic choices are apple turnovers, apple dumplings, and caramel apples. Offer coffee, tea, milk, fresh juice and other apple themed drinks.
You can also offer fresh fruit and vegetable salads.
Sell your baked goods such as pies, cookies and cakes, which can be displayed in glass cabinets. If you have the room, offer freshly cut fruit and vegetables as well as jams and apple sauce.
To finish the experience, have an apple chewing contest, a bushel basket drum circle and offer homemade apple pie for free.
12) Open An Apple-Themed Gift Shop
If you want to focus on the tourist experience, you could open an apple-themed gift shop. This option is best for those that want to focus more on socializing with visitors than actually working.
Decorate your building so it has a rustic feel with wood paneling and a beamed ceiling. Arrange the store so it has a main counter with a cash register so people have to walk through and look at all your merchandise. Shelves packed with jars of apple sauce, boxes of apples, bags of apples and apple themed t-shirts are good sellers.
You can also offer fresh fruit and vegetables as well as jams, jellies and apple juices. Include handmade apple crafts such as pottery, paintings and sculpture among your merchandise.
If you’re a skilled wood worker, make your own wooden items such as bowls, jewelry boxes and cutting boards and sell them in your store.
Advertise your store by putting up signs on the road as people approach your property. You can also advertise in local magazines and newspapers. Get the word out any way you can since tourists are what will keep your store alive and thriving.
13) Open An Apple-Themed Hotel
If you have enough money, you could buy an old style mansion or small bed and breakfast hotel and convert it into an apple themed resort. This option is great for families looking for a fun weekend experience as well as large groups of people such as school classes and church groups.
Renovate your property by knocking walls down and opening the place up. This will give it a more open feel. Keep the original wood floors, staircases and wooden beams but paint everything else white.
Add polished wood furniture, an old stone fireplace and large windows so the rooms are filled with light.
To reinforce the theme, have apples painted on the walls and throughout the property. Offer a complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit, apple cider and pastries. You can also offer a selection of local cheeses, meats and breads with apple sauces for other meals.
Since these are just options, you can offer whatever you like for all meals.
Other activities you can include are hiking in the mountains, tours through working or abandoned mines and horseback riding. If you’re ambitious, you could build a stable and offer these activities yourself.
14) Sell Preserved Apples
If you just want a simple way to earn some extra cash and you live in an area where apples aren’t prominent, you could start canning or freezing apples or making them into apple juice, apple butter, apple jelly or apple pie filling. You need a steady supply of apples to do this so unless you have your own apple tree or you’re friends with someone who does, this might not be the best option for you.
If you start canning apples, you need to find a person that will buy your apples in bulk and a place that you can use as a production kitchen. You also need to make sure you’re equipped to handle the hot water bath canning process.
For freezing, you still need that bulk buyer but you can sell it as frozen apples or apple juice since you don’t have to can it.
Regardless of what option you choose, you’ll need to come up with a catchy brand name and design a logo for your product. Make sure it’s easy to say, memorable and goes with your product.
You also need to market your product. Use online ads, social media sites and flyers dropped in local grocery stores to get the word out.
As with anything you sell, make sure you have all your proper licenses since selling food means you’ll be making money.
As far as apples are concerned, the options are pretty much endless so you should have no trouble finding a way to use them. You just need to figure out how you want to make money from them and then go from there.
You can eat them, sell them or find other creative ways to turn a profit. The only thing holding you back is your own imagination so have fun and good luck!
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