Remember how last
year's periodic cicadas laid their eggs in all my young fruit tree
branches and wrought havoc? It turns out even the
damage had a silver lining.
I've read that some
orchardists get sick of waiting for their apples to bear, so they very
carefully and partially girdle twigs to tempt the tree to produce
flower buds. Despite my impatience to taste our first homegrown
apple, I haven't really been tempted to give such a dicey technique the
time of day. But our cicadas seem to have done the job for me.
While I was out pruning
and training our young apple trees, I noticed that the cicada-damaged
twigs seemed to be full of flower buds, while the undamaged twigs
weren't. Perhaps cicadas in 2012 will mean apples in 2013?
I'm not holding my breath, but it's an interesting coincidence if those
plump buds do open into flowers.
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