How to keep apples in the winter?
If you managed to harvest a good apple harvest this year, then you need to take care not to lose it in a short time. For this you need to know the rules and basic methods of storage of these fruits. It should be borne in mind that stocking for a long time can only be autumn and winter varieties of apples, summer for these purposes are unsuitable.
Apple storage methods
For storage, only carefully dried and cleaned from dirt fruits are suitable. They need to be sorted out: for example, in one direction it is necessary to put aside those apples that have rot, mechanical damage, those that are affected by diseases and pests. Such fruits are not suitable for long-term storage, they are recommended to eat in the near future. Absolutely healthy apples can be stored for a long time.
Storing apples in paper
To save apples in the winter, you can use a method that involves the use of paper. So, you need to take white or newspaper sheets and wrap each fruit in them.This will significantly increase the storage time for apples, and it will also be possible to avoid their rotting at the same time. Wrapping each fruit in paper, you will need to put them in rows in a container made of moisture-resistant cardboard or soft wood. Boxes must be safe, clean and provide adequate ventilation for apples.
Storing apples in the sand
You can also use the sand, it is great for storing apples. You will need fine clean sand. Pre-dry it in the oven or in the sun. Then take a reliable container without gaps. Pour a thick layer of sand on its bottom and place apples on it. After that, they must be carefully filled with sand in a layer of 3-4 cm. Put apples on it again and cover them with sand again. So proceed until the container is completely full. The last layer should be sandy.
Storing apples in solution
If you have plastic pallets, you can store apples in them without sand and paper. But first they will need to be dipped in a two-percent solution of calcium chloride, as it will neutralize the pathogenic bacteria on the fruit and create an invisible film that will protect them from rot.If you do not have calcium chloride at hand, then treat the fruit with an alcoholic tincture of propolis.
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