Originally Posted by MeatTheFlockers
With that technique you essentially negate any size to your original plant. All you have is a developed root system. It now will either send new shoots from the root system or new growth will show in the "crotch" where a leaf branch\node meets the stem, i.e. suckers. Any advantage in time would be slight if at all in my opinion, either way you are having to wait for your cutting or sucker to recover and establish roots. That's the point I'm trying to make. Small suckers typically respond better to being cut and rooted as well in my opinion. I grow single and two stem plants and am constantly pruning suckers all year long. I've also seen it done where you put a tube or collar of sorts on a well developed sucker say over 12 inches, fasten to said sucker, fill with dirt, and let it root while still attached to the mother plant. You then cut branch and remove said collar and plant your newly established plant. I frequently get flower buds and have even had fruit set on plants that still reside in solo cups if my plant out is delayed. Same with nursery plants. Those have potential to be first fruits, the chopping technique I assume negates that. Just another reason I would plant as is and just wait for suckers. Jerryse obviously has success with his technique, and thats great. However I dont think thats a typical approach.
And, that, my friend is the joy of gardening and farming. There is no one right way to do things. Without constantly experimenting and trialing new things, I would be very bored with the whole thing! Always trying to push the envelope in one way or an other.
Originally Posted by chickadoodles
What kind of fruit picking tool do you all use for your fruit trees? I am looking at all kinds of pictures online trying to decide. But it would be very helpful if I had some input as to which ones you all have used and which ones you like.
Good subject to explore. I'm hoping to keep all of my fruit trees short enough that they can be harvested while standing on the ground. But will still benefit from some sort of long handled basket type of tool. Most likely will hunt around in my stash of goodies, and may make one!