Orchard Management Hints

SAMAC shares Orchard Management Hints

SAMAC shares Orchard Management Hints – January to March is generally associated with shell hardening and oil accumulation as the nut develops to maturity. During this period, nut size does not increase significantly, and oil content increases during January and February and
stabilizes from March onwards.

Root growth starts to increase steadily in February, and typically peaks during late February and the beginning of March. A small leaf flush in early to mid-January is followed by a larger flush in the middle of March. Management is focused on cleaning under trees in preparation of harvesting, ensuring logistics around harvesting is finalized (harvest equipment is clean, in working order and necessary spare parts are on-hand and seasonal workers available), and protecting nuts from damage by pests and diseases, especially stink bugs.