Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.
Winter Pruning takes place during June to September. Start with Plums and Apricots as they will flower first in August, followed by Peaches and Nectarines. Apples and pears can be left until late September. If you are not very knowledgeable about
how to prune fruit trees, you will find plenty of excellent videos on the internet for all the different fruit trees.
Leave applying fruit tree fertiliser (Gigantic from Neutrog is ideal) until September as heavy rain may wash it away before the new
roots can absorb it.
New trees are best planted in July. When planting put some Seamungus in the bottom of the hole, cover with a small amout of soil and then fill in with good soil. Never use new fertiliser or chicken manure as this may burn
the new roots.
Keep weeds away from the base of all fruit trees.
Peaches, Plums & Apricots grow well in this area.
Suggested varieties: --
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.
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.