Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.
During March/April citrus trees will benefit from a dressing of a suitable Fruit & Citrus fertiliser. Neutrog's 'Gigantic' or 'Black Marvel for Citrus' will do just fine. Apply around the drip line of the tree. Fertiliser applied at this time helps
to enlarge the fruit and increases sweetness.
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.
Peaches, Plums & Apricots grow well in this area.
Suggested varieties: --
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.
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.