Posted on | April 30, 2009 | 1 Comment
With winter around the corner, thoughts turn to fun stuff like slashing, pruning and clearing last years crops. When I was a girl (back when the world was in black and white), the accepted method of fruit tree pruning involved a pair of secateurs, a warm woolly coat, water proof boots and a freezing winters day.
Not so fast….
Slash and burn yes. Pruning no. Sure have a go at the roses but let the fruit trees go until summer. Why?
When the trees are dormant, disease gets in and the plant is not actively growing to fend it off.
So step away from the secateurs and pick up a fruit tree catalogue instead.
Now’s the time to prepare the ‘soil of kings’ in preparation for those bare rooted goodies. You know the old saying, dig a $100 hole. Nice and big.
There are some bonza multi-grafts around. You know, pick a bowl of fruit salad from the one tree. There would be an added benefit that you don’t have to worry about having the right pollinators for some varieties. Too easy.
There are also some great dwarf varieties for small gardens or if you’re like me and you just don’t want to reach for the fruit.
Your local nursery should have some stock coming in from June onwards.
Let me know if you buy one. My budget only goes so far and I like to shop vicariously through others.
Please feel free to leave a comment with your experiences with fruit trees, buying or pruning. XX Riley.