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Popadome

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Postby tsr2 » May 19th, 2018, 7:08 pm

Over the last few years, my attempts to net our dwarfing cherry have failed dismally, not saving any fruit from the birds and resulting in one starling fatality. This year I looked at fruit cages. £300 or so for one big enough seemed disproportionate, but I found something called a Popadome. A little over £40 got a net with a bendy rod of the sort you get in pop up tents. The net zips and unzips on one side and the bottom end is closed up with a draw string. It took a little over 5 minutes to get on the tree today and it seems to be the sort of neat and simple idea that should have been invented years ago.

Of course it will be a while before I find out if it works as well as I hope, but right now, I see no reason why it shouldn't.

Updates will follow as and when I have anything to report.

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Re: Popadome

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Postby Itsallaguess » May 19th, 2018, 7:59 pm

tsr2 wrote:
This year I looked at fruit cages. £300 or so for one big enough seemed disproportionate, but I found something called a Popadome.

A little over £40 got a net with a bendy rod of the sort you get in pop up tents. The net zips and unzips on one side and the bottom end is closed up with a draw string. It took a little over 5 minutes to get on the tree today and it seems to be the sort of neat and simple idea that should have been invented years ago.


Link to a picture of a Popadome, which does indeed seem like a simple, great idea -

http://www.greenhousesensation.co.uk/me ... 4-01_5.jpg

Cheers,

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Re: Popadome

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Postby sg31 » May 21st, 2018, 1:15 pm

Thank you for that. I will be buying some of the fruit tree protectors. I intend buying 3 cherry trees on Gisela 5 rootstock this coming winter, I was planning on building a fruit cage myself but I couldn't do so any cheaper than the Popadome tree covers and they would be much more obtrusive.

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Re: Popadome

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Postby tsr2 » June 13th, 2018, 1:44 pm

The aphids are running riot. I'm guessing the net is keeping most of the natural predators off, so I have sprayed with liquid soap.

Most of the immature cherries have fallen off already. I'm guessing that's a combination of the dry spell and the aphid infestation.


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