Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.
During July and August, all deciduous fruit trees such as Plums, Peaches, Nectarines. Apricots , Aooles and Pears should be pruned before they flower. Then spray with Lime sulphur followed by a copper spray for Peaches and Nectarines just as the buds
show colour, to control curly leaf.
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 fruit trees in September
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.
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.