Jean-Christophe talks to us today about lime for your fruit trees.
It all started with a meeting with a conventional arborist who one day told me “we are at the end of all chemicals because despite repeated treatments I can no longer contain diseases on apricot and peach trees”
Add to that my rural heritage, where lime kilns left behind for two centuries are commonplace, and sprinkle it all with the strong belief that the simplest and most natural treatments do their part.
Thus arose the desire to bring the use of whitewash back into fashion.
It is a natural preventive insecticide and fungicide treatment that is safe for plants, the environment and humans.
Of course I don’t claim to provide the absolute weapon, but I firmly believe that this small solution will make a modest contribution to a more global action to save the earth for the children of tomorrow.
This was followed by the selection of a very high quality lime producer, fairly satisfactory full scale testing and a serious study of competing products and users’ real expectations.
Lime wash recipe for fruit trees
Without going into excruciating technicalities, you should know that lime wax is obtained from lime paste. Lime putty is quicklime that has been slaked with water and aged for several months to optimize its physicochemical properties. Here is our lime putty.
The recipe for limewash couldn’t be simpler:
- add the water to the lime paste
- stir the mixture so that it is perfectly homogeneous
You have your whitewash ready to be applied to your fruit trees!
The benefits of lime wash
Well, talking about a treatment product is good, but saying what it’s used for is still essential.
As for its interest in arboriculture, I will briefly tell you that it has an important preventive effect in terms of insecticide and fungicide, because the lime through its application to the trunk of the tree and the base of the carpenter branches, destroys insect larvae and mold spores which nest in bark folds and also destroy mosses and lichens.
It is generally applied in the fall and winter at a rate of one or two passes per year on fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental trees.
Limewash is often applied to young trees to protect them, to citrus fruits to reduce the risk of sunburn and finally to slow the warming of the internal tissues of the tree, in this case the irreparable damage caused by the alternating periods of freezing. and thaw experienced in certain regions
There was a time when this product was used in arboriculture as well as in animal breeding, because at that time not only trees were bleached but also the inside of stables and animal houses to disinfect them. Then came the full chemical age and the lime was put away in the memorabilia department.
Support my project
But today I want it to be reborn. So here I am on a crusade, offering individuals and professionals whitewash obtained from a very pure lime paste, without additives, 6 months rest to stabilize perfectly and filter to less than 200 microns to correspond to a possible use in spray.
The adventure has only just begun, I am looking for my first sales to ensure the start of the activity and to do this I opened a project page on MY MAJOR COMPANY. It only takes 200 or 300 sales to bring the great adventure to life and restore this ancient product.
Here is the link, your help and support are essential for me to bring this amazing adventure to life. I count on you :
May July 2017 : This campaign was not successful. Nowadays I often get the question where I can buy tree white… see here