Liming orchard trees

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  1. coolbrze0

    coolbrze0 Active Member

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    When is the correct time to apply lime for my orchard trees (Zone 6B - in the VA mountains)? I've got apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, & persimmons. I'm thinking most do best when pH is between 6.0 - 7.0 so that's what I normally shoot for. I do yearly soil samples / analyses every Jan or Feb, it's about time to take samples as soon as it dries out :)
     
  2. CAS_HNTR

    CAS_HNTR Active Member

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    Lime when you can, ideally you are able to work it in soil - but being in an orchard, that wont be possible. I usually spread in my orchard areas in the winter kind of like frost seeding. I figure that is about as close to bare dirt as I will get and the snow/rain will help it seep down.
     
  3. buckdeer1

    buckdeer1 Well-Known Member

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    I just got my soil test back from a place that does soil test for orchards
     
  4. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Since it takes a while for lime to percolate into the soil and start working it can be applied anytime year-round.
    My dad always said to fertilize the orchard in early spring right before green-up. I don't know if that was from a scientific study or just his own rule of thumb but it always worked well for us.
     
  5. coolbrze0

    coolbrze0 Active Member

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    Who do you use? I use both Whitetail Institute & the VT Ag extension, both are pretty good. I should have mention that I use fast acting granule lime & only have 3.5? acres between my orchard & food plots to apply so a spreader on the quad works fine for what I'm doing. Crazy up here in the mountains when I 1st bought the place, average pH was 5.3, now I'm running average of low 6s in my orchard & food plots but it takes maintenance to keep it that way... I've normally done my soil test in Jan/Feb & applied Lime in March, was just wondering if the fast acting lime would be wasted if I applied in Feb this year?
     

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