Codling Moth 1st generation 2021 have begun flying in King County

Lifetime and longtime STFS member Marilyn T. reported this past Friday (5/21/21) a total of 10 adult codling moths caught already during 2021 in a trap located near the Seward Park area of South Seattle. Reminder: adult codling moths lay eggs on or around pome fruit trees; larvae emerging from these eggs chew into developing fruit leaving behind a dark brown excrement-filled path and core. Yuck.

Always thorough and thoughtful towards amateurs, Marilyn took the time to type out that several nearby (Woodinville and Puyallup) WSU AgWeatherNet weather stations had recorded by last Friday “growing degree day (°F) accumulation base temp 50 °F” or “DD base 50” data of slightly less than 175.

175 is the DD base 50 threshold for first emergence of codling moth and was established from WSU research published in Orchard Pest Management. Marilyn mentions that this threshold is based on observations made in central WA, but also appears to be an accurate predictor in western WA.

In short, Marilyn has observed adult codling moth flying already in Seattle, and nearby WSU weather data coupled with pest management protocols predict codling moth first generation emergence as of now in and around King County. So…

Whatever your strategy to protect your pome fruitlets from codling moth, you should implement it now right after thinning fruitlets to one and only one per cluster.

Click on link Pome Thinning and Barrier Protection for pages from recent STFS newsletter covering pome thinning, codling moth, apple maggot and barrier protection options.

Click on link Extreme Maggot Barriers for ordering information on these nylon footies sold by STFS. STFS will have Extreme Maggot Barriers for sale with no shipping costs on Saturday June 5th 10 AM to noon at STFS demonstration orchard in NE Seattle’s Magnuson Park.

Barrier netting is also available to STFS members but must be pre-ordered. See Pome Thinning … link above for details.

STFS zoom-only meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring author Ann Ralph talks about Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees

To lessen COVID-19 spread, the Seattle Tree Fruit Society meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online.The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting, followed by a presentation by author Ann Ralph.

Why Little? Grow A Little Fruit Tree offers a revolutionary vision for backyard fruit trees: a simple and ingenious technique that uses timed pruning to keep fruit trees as short as six feet tall… …they are easy to care for and produce fruit in quantities we’re likely to be able to use. Small trees create the opportunity to have more trees in the backyard and to plant different varieties of fruit to ripen all summer, through fall, and even into winter.

Timed pruning offers a revolutionary approach to fruit tree care, winter prune for shape and summer prune to keep trees small and easy. This presentation covers fruit tree basics: the simple logic of pruning, how to prune for short stature and easy harvest, early training, seasonal routines, and pest and disease control. You’ll learn about the benefits of small trees, getting started, pruning for aesthetics, and how to engage in the pleasures of the pruning conversation.

Ann Ralph is the author of Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees. Publishers Weekly called it “a thrilling read for the backyard farmer.” She was the fruit tree specialist at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and has 20 years of retail nursery experience. She promotes practical, artful, and commonsense methods for the garden generally and fruit trees in particular.

Goodie U, STFS Board Member, reminds everyone that the Ann Ralph zoom meeting will be recorded so attendees not wanting to be recorded should mute microphone and turn off their video. Goodie U made the upcoming Ann Ralph presentation happen. Thanks, Goodie.If you know any non-STFS individual interested in attending this zoom meeting, please forward this zoom invite so more can benefit from Ann’s presentation.

Zoom invite info

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Mike Ewanciw is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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STFS zoom-only meeting this Saturday (Mar 20th) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring Greg Giuliani’s Grafting Demonstration

To lessen COVID-19 spread, STFS member meeting Saturday Mar 20th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online.

Mike Ewanciw (email mikewan@aol.com) will lead meeting beginning with short business meeting followed by longtime STFS member and grafter Greg Giuliani’s demonstration of whip & tongue (including splice) and omega tool (saddle-like) grafts. Zoom attendees may want to perform grafting during meeting and get advice from Greg and other participants on grafting steps.

STFS members were emailed zoom invite info from STFS sent 3/16/21.

New Extreme Maggot Barriers Now Available to Order

See Maggot Barriers website tab or click on STFS 2021 maggot barrier order form.

STFS 2021 Spring Grafting Event Ordering Instructions

Continuing COVID-19 spread precautions, STFS 2021 spring grafting event is virtual. See STFS 2021 Grafting Event Ordering Instructions for available scion wood and rootstock as well as ordering and delivery logistics. First deadline for ordering is March 6, 2021. Act soon; supplies limited.

STFS zoom-only meeting this Saturday (Feb 20th) 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM featuring Paul Mallary’s paw paw presentation

To lessen COVID-19 spread, STFS member meeting Saturday Feb 20th 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM is only online.

Mike Ewanciw (email mikewan@aol.com) will lead meeting beginning with short business meeting followed by Paul Mallary’s paw paw presentation:

Paw Paws

“The largest native fruit in North America!”

“Floral aroma with consistency like custard”

“A local fruit with a tropical taste”

These sound like pop-up ads for some exotic plant, available for a “limited time only” on the internet. In reality, they describe a mid-western backyard, fence row tree, asimina triloba, that many have heard of but have never seen or grown. For the home orchardist willing to take on the unique challenges of the pawpaw, this tree can fulfill the craving for some exotic eating.

Paul Mallary, long time Western Cascade Fruit Society member, grew up in rural northern Iowa and Illinois on small farms with fruit trees and berries. After serving 4 years in the navy, he obtained a BA in Geography with additional study in Soil Science at the University of Maryland in 1967. Since then, every house he has owned has had fruit trees. While in south King County he inundated his ¼-acre home with over 50 small fruit trees and berries. He recently retired and purchased a home near the Pacific Ocean that will have a new pawpaw patch in addition to 40+-year-old apple and plum trees. Paul is currently the president of the WCFS’s Tahoma chapter.

STFS members were emailed zoom invite info from STFS sent 2/17/21.

Updated Membership Form

06.03.2020: Address on membership form changed. Click HERE for the updated membership form.

STFS OCTOBER FRUIT SHOW 10/12/19

Come join us (Seattle Tree Fruit Society) for our annual Fruit Sampling, Potluck and October Meeting. There will be over 100 varieties of fruit to sample – Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Kiwi, Grapes, etc..

October 12th, 10:00 to 2:00 – at the Brig Building in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. 

We are excited to have Chris Homanics as our speaker again. He will give a presentation at this event.  Chris, is a plant preservationist, a breeder, and a farmer in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  He is one of the main drivers of the “Agrarian Sharing Network,” an organization that facilitates traveling exchanges of plant materials. Chris will give a talk on the ins and outs of that wonderful fruit tree – the Pawpaw.  
The event is free and open to the public.

Spring Propagation Fair March 9th, 2019

Come join us for a day of fun, informative and hands-on experience around all things fruit.
 
Location: The Brig in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.
Time: From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost: Free Admission. 
 

You can learn to graft, practice grafting, talk about growing fruit, buy fruit plants, and join our group of enthusiastic fruit growers. Bring your scionwood and cuttings. Volunteer, learn and have fun!

You can buy custom-grafted fruit trees. Scion wood: apple, pear, plum, cherry, fig, grape. Rootstock: prunus, malus, pyrus Plants: strawberries, caneberries, trees and more!

Lectures and Classes:

10:30: Improving Pollination in Blueberries – Weixen Gen; 11:30:Fungi and Fruit; 12:45: Best Pollinators for Each Type of Fruit Tree in our area  – Dave Pehling; Basic dormant grafting – Greg Giuliani; 2:00:The Future of Hardy kiwis – kiwibob Glanzman

Kids activities available.

Member Meeting and Fruit Tasting 10/13/18

Come join us for our Seattle Tree Fruit Society October Member Meeting. We will talk about and taste loads of common, uncommon and interesting fruits from this year’s harvest around the Northwest. We will have

  • Information and handouts about fruit growing and diseases
  • Apple Identification: Bring samples of fruit, leaves, twigs, photos.
  • Our guest speaker is Chris Homanics of Oregon. Topic: Explorations of Fruits and Nuts in the Pacific Northwest
  • Potluck. 
  • Plant swap.
  • Non members are always welcome. 

Saturday 10/13.      10am – 1pm.     The Brig, Magnusson Park, Seattle.