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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    N.E. OH, atwater

    Default Red looking silver maples?

    I'm going to try to get a picture of what I'm trying to describe but it looks like small red hairs coming out of my maple tree buds and I'm wondering if that is the start of a leaf bud or a flower bud and what that means for how long I have to be collecting sap?PXL_20210314_181425278.jpg
    Last edited by Hunt4sap; 03-14-2021 at 01:17 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    I think flower buds come on first.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Wind Lake, WI


    Flower buds. Keep going; they don't affect the sap. Given your location, you have some time left, but probably not a ton until the leaf buds start to swell more and sap turns buddy. My silvers start to get off flavors consistently around 3/25.
    2015 - Small operation. 25 buckets. One excited 5 year old and one 35 year old that feels 5 again.
    2016 - One year older. New Homemade 2x4 Arch, Smoky Lake Pan and looking at 52 maples, 17 box elders and 2 walnut trees.
    2017 - Shurflo 4008 hooked to 42 stingy silver maples and a few Norways. A couple buckets on sugars and Norways. 10 box elders.
    2018 - ...a few more taps.
    2019 - ...more taps on 3/16 gravity. This spiral is heading downward in a hurry.
    2020 - 4x400 RO - RB20 (uh-oh!)

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