This is our Peach-a-rine tree. Looks like it is covered in rubbish. But it’s not really they are fruit fly exclusion bags. I am a bit disappointed with the fruit this year, very few of the flowers set. Oh well there is a week so worth of fruit and there is always next year.
There is three types of exclusion bags I am trialing this year, two I am using on this tree – a wax paper bag available from Green Harvest and a mesh sleeve. The mesh sleeve is made of fly mesh (you can buy 3 or so metres of it for roughly $4) a length is cut and then folded in half and stitched up the length. (like the sleeve of a shirt) The sleeves are then slipped over the tree branch and tied with string at each end. (Let me know if you want how-to-make-it pictures).
Both are very arkward to use, the bags a good for single fruit. The sleeve is great for several fruit on one branch. The poor leaves are abit squished up. But it can’t be as bad as last year when I used an old mozzie net to cover the tree, half the branches were twisted by the end of the season as the net was too small *opps*
I will keep you posted on the outcome with these bags.