Christ Orchard

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I care for my mums so they will grow back next year?
A: We recommend planting your mum as soon as possible. The sooner it gets in the ground the better. Be sure to keep it watered in the fall. Mulch it good with leaves for winter. Leave the old foliage until new growth starts the next spring.

If you want your mum to flower in the fall, you will need to cut or pinch the blooms and shape it several times in the late spring/early summer. When there is about a foot of growth, pinch off about half of the new growth and shape the plant to the desired round form. However, if you do not pinch the blooms, the mums will simply bloom earlier, and not be as uniform.

Q: How do I freeze my cider so that I can drink it throughout the off season?

A: Pour about a cup full of cider out of a gallon and put the jug in the freezer. When you want to drink it, thaw it overnight in the sink, or on the counter, until a ball of ice remains. Shake vigorously before drinking. Do not drink as thawing. Contents settle! Cider stays good in freezer for a year.

Q: What is the best way to store apples?
A: When you purchase apples, taste one immediately. If you are satisfied with the ripeness of the apple, then you need to refrigerate them. Apples ripen rapidly at room temperature. If you would like the apples riper, leave them at room temperature, but check them frequently. When they are how you like to eat them, then you need to refrigerate them.

Q: What is the best way to refrigerate apples?
A:  Put about a dozen apples in a plastic grocery bag. Sprinkle less than a tablespoon of water in the bag, and loosely tie the bag. (They need ventilation.) Place bag in fridge at 33-38°. Check on them periodically.

Q: What is the best way to store honey?
A: Honey should be stored at room temperature. It is not necessary to refrigerate it.

Q: What should I do if my honey crystallizes over time?
A: Place honey in microwave safe container and heat for short periods of time, stirring in between. You may also warm a pan of water on the stove and place the jar of honey in it to heat the honey.