Growing Fruit Organically

crossoverApril 23, 2008

I am trying to grow apples, apricots, and pears organically. I have read that using traps to control apple maggots and coddling moths can be an effective control. I have tried to find the traps locally but have had no luck so far. The specific traps I am looking for are red spheres for the apple maggots and a pheromone based coddling moth trap. Does anybody know of a local supplier of these items? I can get them online, but if there is a local supplier I would prefer to support them. Also, if anybody has experience using these and can tell me how effective they are I would like to know. I would also appreciate any general advice on growing fruit organically.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
stevation(z5a Utah)

I'll be really interested in hearing your experience this fall after you've harvested this year's crops. I've wanted to stop using pesticides on my fruit, but I feel like I'll lose so much fruit that I'd be sorely disappointed. Last year, I was lax about spraying pesticide on my cherries and only sprayed them once, in the middle of the growing season. I regretted it. I started popping them in my mouth without looking for worms just because they *taste so darn good that way* and I couldn't resist. But then after cutting a bunch open, I found that 40% of them had little white worms, and the only way I could stand to eat them was to cut each one open, one at a time, remove the worms and put the cut cherries in a bowl in the fridge. It's just not the same as popping a fresh, whole cherry in your mouth!

Anyway, if you can develop a better track record than that without pesticides, I'd certainly be interested in following your example.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 6:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I don't have trees mature enough to produce anything quite yet. However, I've read in the Fruit forum (although they overall agree with Steve that it's pretty hard to have a good crop organically), there have been many discussions about bagging fruit. I believe you start when the fruit is about the size of a nickel, and then you take it off when most of the danger of infestation has passed. There are a bunch of different media used, ranging from paper lunch bags, ziplock bags, to those little footies that are also used as socks when people try on shoes (they aren't used, by the way). A mini-discussion is going on here:

We'll see if this is the year I get any production. Another thing you could do, as far as informational, is subscribe to the USU IPM weekly email for fruit trees. I love seeing the pictures and following the stages of development to compare to my own trees.

Here is a link that might be useful: USU IPM

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 8:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the support. I'm pretty new to this so I could crash and burn. Maybe I can be a good counter-example. I will put a link to a site that has been a wealth of information for me below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lost Nation Orchard

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 3:23PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What are you growing in your garden this year?
Hi all, I'm new to Northern Utah. We moved here in...
Any one growing magnolias in northern Utah/Ogden area.
I grew magnolias in Minneapolis MN zone 4/5 but since...
Persimmon growers?
I have free for the taking an American persimmon seedling...
Purple passion vine transplant. BEGINNER Please Help
This is the second one I've brought home. It actually...
Any Cedar City locals?
My husband and I live in the Cedar City area and are...
Sponsored Products
Design Toscano Farmer Frank Garden Statue - QL2734
$62.90 | Hayneedle
Varaluz | Treefold 1 Light Wall Sconce
$159.00 | YLighting
Titan Lighting Chandeliers Brillare 9-Light Ceiling-Mount Bronzed Rust
Home Depot
Design Toscano Meditating Shy Yogi of Bali Sculpture - Grand - NG30369
$203.17 | Hayneedle
Sunny Health Fitness Folding Recumbent Bike - SF-B1004
$116.62 | Hayneedle
Torino 4 Light LED Rail Kit by AFX Lighting
$259.99 | Lumens
Catskill Delaney Storage Bench - 89095
$99.14 | Hayneedle
Brazilian Nights Peacock Silver Spade Seven-Light Chandelier
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™