We’ve been enjoying our opportunity to take pictures in our area, with incredible green hills and wild flowers. On one of our ventures, we grabbed some shots of these clementine trees and thought you’d find them interesting. Clementines are the small seedless and easy-peel tangerines that have become very popular in the last few years. They get draped with these nets every season to keep them from cross-pollinating with seeded varieties of citrus. It is something to see.
Actually, seeing them get draped is a great delight. They use a tractor with a long arm that holds the giant spool of nylon net, a spool for each row of trees. I tried to catch it in a little video for you.
There are acres upon acres of trees draped in net, usually white but sometimes in an ominous black as in the video. (Black net in your orchard looks normal. Black net on a hundred acres looks ominous.)
Check out the expanse of these operations. The money just in the netting but then in the extreme time to get it on these trees is mind-boggling.
They keep the netting in large spools at the end of each row and roll it across when the fruit is in blossom. The netting is weighted at the bottom by soil from the row. Walking up close to them, you could see bees buzzing around inside the netting. It’s pretty cool if you ever have a chance to take a look. You may never complain about netting a few fruit trees in your yard again.