Success in the nursery

Success in the nursery

It’s so nice when things work as they’re supposed to! A successful grafted cherry tree in the nursery The grafting in Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery finished a few weeks ago, and now we can see whether it worked or not. Excitingly, most of them...
Thinning cherries … or not?

Thinning cherries … or not?

As part of our continuing series about fruit thinning, this week we’ll have a look at cherries, because we’re often asked if they also need thinning. Tiny cherries in spring In fact, we recommend thinning all deciduous fruit (well, all the types we grow...
Is your tree water stressed?

Is your tree water stressed?

How do you know if your trees are moisture stressed? In spring it can be hard to tell, but it’s a crucial time to make sure your trees DON’T dry out, particularly if they’re still flowering. Gala apple blossom Why is it a problem? In spring while the...
Thinning to protect your tree

Thinning to protect your tree

As part of our continuing series about fruit thinning (a very relevant topic in spring) this week we’ll talk about the second main reason we do thinning, which is to protect the structure of our trees.   A broken lateral in an apricot tree caused by to much...
While you’re thinning…

While you’re thinning…

It’s the time of year to start thinning your apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums (too early for apples and pears in our part of the world yet). We’ve explained the basics of thinning here. Apart from the four main reasons you should be thinning all...
Things that can go wrong with apricots

Things that can go wrong with apricots

We love apricots, but we hate them a little bit too, because they get SO many diseases, are prone to frost, and can generally be very fussy to grow. An Earlicot apricot showing rain cracking This photo is a variety called ‘Earlicot’, which, as you’ve...
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