Curran Apple Orchard – Tree Adoption Policies

 Maintaining the health and vitality of the Curran Apple Orchard is the utmost priority of the annual Adopt-A-Tree program.

Adoption fees are used to support various orchard programs and maintenance.  We value your support…but please be aware that we cannot control Mother Nature (wind, temperatures, rainfall and pollination!).  Trees can also have a great harvest one year, then “rest” the following year, resulting in reduced harvests.

Please note:  Once trees are assigned, there are no refunds or changes. 

All Pruning Adoptions ($40 level) are required to maintain their trees following the below schedule: 

January-May

Pruning  A free pruning class taught by Master Gardeners is scheduled on Thursday, January 30, from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at United Church, 3912 Grandview Drive. Pruning parties are also held on designated Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. Pruning brochures and schedules are available at the barn and at www.curranappleorchard.com. Adopters must prune their own trees each year according to standards.  Place all branches into a pile by the dumpster.

Height – Tree height should not exceed 12 feet high to ensure adequate spray coverage and harvesting.

Width — Branches should not extend beyond the drip line which is the area around the base of the tree covered with bark chips.  Branches should not touch branches of adjacent trees. Sufficient room should also exist between rows to easily allow access for pedestrians, mowers and spray equipment.

Early May

Insect Class/Sticky Apples — Learn about fighting insects at a free class on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Help hang Sticky Apple traps from 10 a.m. to noon to help reduce insects.

Thinning — In late May/early June, please thin the fruit from your trees to enhance fruit production.  Continue to monitor clusters through the summer and thin if needed.  Fruit should not be touching…gently twist apples off and dispose of in the dumpster.

June/July

Continue to thin as needed.  Prop up any heavily loaded branches with v-shaped crutches available at the barn.

August

Windfalls –Weather conditions  affect the timing and amount of windfalls.  Please check your trees and place windfalls in the dumpster.

If you do not wish the public to pick apples from your tree, please tape your tree and attach signs stating “Do not pick.  Adopter will pick.”

Please remove all tape and signs after harvest.

August/September

Enjoy the harvest! The 2017 Cider Squeeze is scheduled for Sunday, August 27, from noon to 4pm.