Satsuma Plums ripen in Mid-January and are ideal for jam, bottling etc. Protection from birds is usually essential.
July is Pruning time for Peaches Plums and Apricots and should be completed by the end of he month. Apples and Pears, which do not blossom until October can be left as late as mid September if necessary. Apply feriliser to all frui trees during 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, 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.