After having been pampering our fruit trees all year long, we are eager to try their delicious fruits and it is quite a disappointment to see that the fruits have not ripened wellthat birds have pecked them, small insects like wasps, took the liberty of eating them before us, etc.
Butwhat can we do to get a good harvest of healthy fruits? It is very clear, the packaging of the fruit.
How does fruit bagging work?
This is a very old technique, dating back to the late 1880s, and although this technique is sometimes blamed for its lack of aesthetics, many gardeners have been doing it year after year. In fact, fruit growers are more interested in the harvest than in the decoration.
Bagging and its advantages
Pocket it is a simple gesture that consists of wrapping the fruit which is still on the tree in a bag, being a technique that has several advantages.
The fruits are protected from inclement weatherheavy rains and especially hail, which is the main cause of fruit loss.
They are also protected against biting insectsas wasps or parasites and especially against the moth.
Birds cannot suck the juice from the fruit.
Diseases, especially scabiesthey spread less easily.
The bagged fruits they are generally larger than others and their skin is thinner.
The fruit reacts a bit like us and is that when weaned from the light during the bagging processthey absorb the slightest ray of sunlight.
Your skin shines this way easier, being much more colorful.
In which fruit trees can bagging be carried out?
This technique is reserved for trees that bear large fruits such as peaches, pears and applesYou can even bag bunches of grapes that are not very small.
An example of this we have very close, since many people will know or have heard of the Calanda peachesBut what many of them don’t know is that these peaches are bagged all summer long.
What bags can be used?
Traditionally, bagging is done with Kraft paper bags and of the small ones.
A few years ago, many early fruit growers were ecologically inclined to abandon plastic bags in favor of paper bagsbeing very easy to perform this type of technique.
As advice we will tell you to do some small holes in the bottom of the bag in order to allow the drainage of rainwater.
In garden centers there are also available Paper “fruit bags” micro-perforated, they are practical and ready to use and allow air and water to circulate well.
When to bag the fruit?
In the case of large fruits, bagging is generally carried out throughout the month of Junebeing necessary to wait until the fruit is thinned, whether natural or not.
The grapes should be wrapped when they reach the size of a small pea.
How to bag the fruits?
The first great precaution to take is bag when it’s not raining. It should also not be done too early in the morning, since the fruit must be very dry and therefore should not be covered with dew, so avoid damaging the fruit as long as possible.
Place the paper bag over the fruit, securing it with the elastic band or stapledthis second option being the fastest and cheapest.
Remember that after months and when you have to remove the paper bagsit is necessary to act delicately, because the fruits are extremely fragile, so you just have to tear the bags on one side, but making sure that the elastic band does not damage the fruit.
Bags are removed about two weeks before harvest. It is during this period that the fruits will capture the light and the sun’s rays to finish ripening.