Does fruit love rain?

Does fruit love rain?

As a fruit grower, lying in bed listening to rain on the roof can bring up a wide range of emotions, from joy to despair! In our typical dry summers most people welcome rain when it comes, so it never seems appropriate for us to express concern about the damage it can...
Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

Diagnosing leaf curl in summer

We want to talk about Leaf curl. It’s a common fungal disease of peach and nectarine trees (if you have leaves curling in other types of trees it’s caused by something else). It may seem strange to be talking about it so late in summer, as it’s a...
Did you accidentally prune your fruit off?

Did you accidentally prune your fruit off?

A lovely healthy peach tree – with almost no fruit! Do you have any fruit trees this year that don’t have fruit on them? Not sure why? It might be because of how you pruned them. One of the principles of pruning is that the harder you prune, the more the...
To fertilise or not to fertilise?

To fertilise or not to fertilise?

Crabapple flowers and leaves in spring When your fruit trees start to flower, and produce leaves and then fruit in early spring, they’re using nutrients they stored away in their buds and bark back last autumn. But it’s a pretty limited supply, and as soon...
Top 7 tips for aphid control

Top 7 tips for aphid control

Have you seen any leaves like this on your tree? If you have—you’re not alone. It’s a classic sign that you might have aphids, and many of our Grow Great Fruit members are reporting high aphid numbers this year. Leaves on a plum tree showing classic signs...
How can you tell if your trees are healthy?

How can you tell if your trees are healthy?

If all is going well with your trees this spring, you should be seeing growth like this on your trees: New spring growth on an apple tree This time of year we like (and expect) to see a flush of strong, healthy new growth in our trees, particularly on young trees....
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