Sunday 9 December 2012

Our Trees Are Now Painted!

Do you practice white washing your trees?

Home gardeners in Bulgaria commonly paint the trunks of their fruit trees with builder's lime. The practice is known as whitewashing, and accordingly, it offers some important benefits to the plants. It's a cheap and easy way to reduce or prevent heat, insects and fungal diseases from damaging tree trunks.

Some people whitewash just because they like the looks of it. You can whip up a batch quickly with material readily available from any local hardware or home improvement retailer.

This is our first year to paint our trees...even our young fruit trees are now painted. We're mere copycats, but doing so, we'll be able to see if this is just a mythical practice or whether it is really beneficial. Time will tell.

Painting fruit tree trunks with a mixture of lime and water is used most often to protect the bark of delicate trees from sun damage. The lime paint reflects the sun's heat, creating a hot surface insects will not cross. Lime paint applied to the bark of a fruit tree usually lasts for one to two growing seasons before it needs to be reapplied.

What are your thoughts about this practice?


  1. Maybe I should tell my Dad re using that builder's lime to our lone Lanzones tree back home as it's full of ants :P :D

    1. Anne, hope white washing will help your dad's lanzones tree. That lanzones tree is a definite treasure!

  2. Hi Annie, this is interesting. First time I see this.
    Thanks for sharing the info, now I be knowing. :)

    Have a lovely week ahead.

    1. Amelia, like you, we also learn and find things out as we go. I also learn a lot from just reading your blog. Keep thm coming:)


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