Thank you Tony and Mrs. G. After I saw Alcedo using the perforated bread bags to bag his fruit, I’ve been inspired.
Mrs. G. - glad to hear from you. The bags are perforated. I am not sure how it would work so I did not buy them in bulk yet.
Instead, I went to a local supermarket, the bakery section. I told the lady there that I’d like to buy a few of these bread bags for my “science project” (which was accurate ). She was so nice and gave me 10 of them for free
Maybe, after the plums are ripe, I’d bring some to her.
It doesn’t take a lot to confuse me. All the bread I notice (Honey Wheat) is not perforated. I like the bag and would also like to test these next season. What type bread is packed into perforated bags?
I decided to try bagging a few plums as well. I did at least one on each tree (looks like 8 varieties this year). Here’s one of my AU trees (Producer or Rosa, I’ll find out which when the fruit ripens…).
Mrs. G. - a small bakery may not want to give the bags out but the bakery section of a big supermarket is likely to. They have them in bulk in different sizes, and they want to please customers. So, they are likely to give you a few for your “science project”.
Bob - last year, my Shiro produced 12 plums so I used sandwich bags to individually bag them like you do. I worked out perfectly. No rot.
Absolutely! I am not spray-resistant but as a backyard hobby grower I would like to be as organic as reasonably possible. I really like the idea of allowing the fruit to remain attached without affecting the stem or risking fruit fall by having entire sections covered. For heavy setting plums like your Shiro I think you really nailed it with this flat-bag idea Mamuang. Plus it allows for air movement.
I worked this whole weekend (owww, feet hurt) but I was thinking quite a lot about learning that Jellyman from GW had heartbreaking losses due to BMSB biting through conventional bags. I was contemplating the weakness of bagging: the flat lie of the plastic over the fruit surface, which allows a bite through the plastic. That is why I used pipe cleaners to make a ‘dome’ for my peach bags: no direct contact between fruit surface and bag. But it was quite hand-crafty and possibly too labor intensive and impractical for an average tree-sized crop. So… bubble wrap came to mind, as the depth of the bubble compartments must surely exceed the reach of even BMSB mouthparts even as fruit grows wider and the surface angle of the fruit touches the inner surface of the bag .
We are getting close to growing a $60- per -plum level now. I think if we could design a net that could cover the whole trees against small insect like moth and does not cause moisture-trap rot, we could be rich
While I was putting footsies on my peaches (not very convenient and more time consuming than sandwich bags), I thought about my co-worker who hinted strongly that she would love to try my peach. I was like did she know it’s a lot of work to get one clean peach.
I was like did she know it’s a lot of work to get one clean peach. (Mamaung)
I just had a conversation like this with one of my physician friends this weekend at work. He loves listening to what I plant and grow and asks for advice as to what to put in, but thinks that you just plant it, allow a year and traipse out to the yard to harvest bushels of stuff with no work at all (presumably singing while you do so). You just smile at the trees and bushes and you get perfect fruit.