From the middle of August through to the end of September, We pick almonds by the traditional method, which involves laying nets on the ground and tapping the small branches of nuts so they fall onto the nets.
Almonds begin bearing an economic crop in the third year after planting. Trees reach full bearing five to six years after planting. The fruit matures in the autumn, 7–8 months after flowering.
Almonds have a low requirement for water, and you do not generally see them being watered
As with other fruit trees, almonds are generally pruned to keep the middle open to the light and to make it easier to harvest.
From the middle of August through to the end of September, you will see almonds picked by the traditional method, which involves laying nets on the ground and tapping the small branches of nuts so they fall onto the nets.
Other ways of encouraging the nuts to fall off the tree are to use a heavier piece of wood with rubber around the end which is hit against the tree trunk.
Many of our own trees are small and growing on steep slopes which would make nets difficult to use. These almonds are generally picked by hand into a bucket or a gardeners pouch - akin to a heavy duty apron with a pouch on the front. This is however a slower method of picking.
When grown on a larger, more commercial scale, a tractor mounted harvester is likely to be used. This has an arrangement similar of a large, upside-down umbrella, which wraps around the tree trunk while a vibrating mechanism shakes the tree.