Plan before you plant. If you get everything right now you’ll save yourself lots of time in the future. And in around 4 years you’ll hopefully be enjoying the fruits of your labour, rather than struggling to deal with trees planted in the wrong spot.
Correct siting is key. Growing fruit trees is relatively straight-forward provided that they have enough space to grow, are planted in nice fertile free-draining soil, and get at least 6 hours of full sun a day.
But if you’re worried about your soil, as long as you put some care into the preparation you can plant into a wide array of soil types, including sandy, volcanic or clay. For more see the planting section.
Fruit trees planted too closely together often struggle as they are more likely to compete for water and nutrients, and are more likely to get disease. So for happy healthy trees, make sure you give them space to flourish.
Short of space? Growing dwarf trees or espalliering trees is a great way to save space. For more info ask an expert in-store.
Before planting check to see if your tree is self fertile, if not you may need to plant a pollinator.
Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the pot that your tree came in. In heavier soils, digging a slightly deeper hole is recommended.
Getting the shape right early makes things much easier in the long run.
Prune on a dry sunny day. Prune after planting to establish the shape. Subsequent pruning should generally be done in summer after fruiting, though in most cases pruning when plants are dormant in winter should be fine.
Prevent pests and disease by spraying existing trees with Yates Liquid Copper and Aquaticus Glow. Spray thoroughly, covering the whole tree until the mix begins to drip off the branches.
Keep your trees well fed using Kings Slow Release Fruit and Citrus Food. Or for a natural option, top dress every few months with a handful of sheep pellets and feed with Kings Ocean Grow.