Spring in the Home Orchard

Plums and Apricots should have just about finished blooming by the beginning of September. Peaches and Nectarine should be in full bloom at that time and hopefully weather conditions encourage as many bees as possible to carry out pollination. Their presence can be encouraged by planting Lavender nearby.

 Give all fruit trees a good dressing of a good brand of fertiliser during September to encourage new growth. Citrus trees are especially heavy feederd and require a good supply in both September and March. Keep the area around the trees always weed free.

Stone Fruit

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

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, Trevatt, Hunter & Earlicot.

Nectarines: Goldmine, Artic 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.

Limes

  • Cumquats

  • Australian Lime

  • Lemons beginning to ripen

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