from the orchard to the taste buds
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From seed to fruit
This is where the life cycle of the Pink Lady® apple begins.
Treegrowers plant their apple trees during the winter, when plants cease to grow.
They must then wait 3 to 4 years until the trees enter the production phase.This is the time needed forthe branches to near adulthood with a sufficient reserve of nutrients to bear fruit.
Did you know?
During planting, the exposure of the rows of trees and the distance between each apple tree are carefully calculated in order to ensure the apples get enough sunlight and have sufficient space to fully grow.
Apple tree size
In winter, the trees lose all their leaves. They enter a dormancy period when there is no vegetative growth. During this period, the grower prepares for the next cycle, cutting any unnecessary branches to ensure the tree is balanced and to give it strength.
Pruning the apple trees allows for the selection of those branches that will bear the largest fruits and give them maximum exposure to sunlight.
This work is extremely time-consuming. Performed manually, this task takes up to 150 hours per hectare, in other words, just as long as the harvest.
Did you know?
Apple trees are highly resistant to cold and even to frost: their roots and branches can withstand temperatures right down to -20°C.