Fruit Trees in the home Garden

Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.

During Summer, tasks in the Home Orchard include provision of water, harvesting of fruit, control of weeds and pests and Summer Pruning. With the latter in mind, it is common just to undertake pruning in winter. Actually pruning in Summer can be more valuable than Winter pruning. Shortening the long growths that have been produced in Spring and early Summer does two things, it makes for an easier application of nets but more important can improve the productivity in future years. This applies to all stone fruit trees such as Plums, Apricots,  Nectarines, Peaches and Cherries. Some very good explanitory videos are available on the internet.

 If nets are to be used to protect the fruit it will be important to comply with the new requirements for nets in the interest of protecting wild life.

 Brown Rot can be a big problem just before fruit ripens and there may be a need to spray with a copper based product. Pear Slug which is actually a caterpillar, can make a real mess of the leaves of most pears and stone fruit trees. A spray withn Pyrethrin or better still, Mavrik with be sufficient to deal with the problem.

 Keep an eye out for Citrus Scale and the accompanying black mould. Ants running up and down the trunk of the tree are a sure sign that somewhere on the tree there is an invasion of Scale insects. Spray with White Oil twice at a month's interval.

 Apply Fruit Tree fertiliser (Neutrog's Gigantic) to all Citrus trees in March. Keep weeds away from the base of all fruit trees.



Peaches, Plums & Apricots grow well in this area.

Suggested varieties: --

Plums: Satsuma, Mariposa (these two should be planted together as they cross pollinate to produce heavier crops). Santa Rosa is self fertile but improves if Mariposa is used as a pollinator. Frontier is another good variety.

Apricots: The old Moorpark is still a widey grown favourite, plus Trevatt, Hunter & Earlicot.

Nectarines: Goldmine, Arctic Rose and Anzac are all white fleshed and freestone. Flavortop is an excellent yellow fleshed freestone variety for eating, cooking, drying or bottling.

Peaches: Anzac is early maturing and freestone. Redhaven and Golden Queen are well proven favourites with the late season Golden Queen excellent for bottling.

Satsuma Plums

Growing Citrus

Citrus varieties grow well in the Warragul & Drouin area. In fact they are probably the easiest and most rewarding of all fruit to grow.

Recomended Varieties: --

 Lemons: Lisbon, Eureka and Meyer

 Oranges: Washington Navel, Valencia

 Mandarins : Emperor,Imperial, Afourer (also known as Murcott)

 Limes; Tahitian, Kaffir, Australian Limes.

Grapefruit: Marsh, Ruby.

 Cumquats:Marumi, Ngami, Variegated

 NOTE: Double grafted trees with two varieties can save space as can those grafted onto dwarf rootstock.

Washington Navel Oranges with Valencias beginning to ripen at rear, Note the weed free area around the trees.


  • Cumquats

  • Australian Lime

  • Lemons beginning to ripen

  • A Simple method to protect Strawberries, using 19mm irrigation pipe, short canes and bird net.