When we own pets, and we want to go on vacation, there can be tremendous challenges in working out all of the details around who will care for the animals. Not so with apple trees. We can go, happy as a lark, off in any jolly direction knowing full well the trees will continue to prosper, even without us!
As long as the tree has a source of water, it can survive indefinitely. Since the emitters are dripping water at least three times a week, the trees know that all is well. I will be leaving for India on Monday for nine days, and frankly, I won't be giving my ladies in the field much consideration. I have put plenty of effort in securing the trees from the animals in the wild, and at this point there seems to be some sort of agreement that all is in balance and that there should not be attacks on the trees. My hope is to go off to Delhi, assuming all the while that my beautiful girls will bear yet another year. Now that is satisfaction!