Fruit Tree tasks for January and February

Here are some handy hints and some fruit tree garden jobs that need to be done in January/February. The work you do now will pay off all summer long. The words we use can be confusing. When we say ‘Fruit Trees’ we are talking about peaches, nectarines etc. Fruit that goes dormant in the winter. When we say Citrus, that is Oranges, Lemons Tangerines etc. They have different needs.

Prune your Fruit Trees now to keep them low enough that you pick can the fruit without falling off the ladder. Even if you did a summer pruning it doesn’t hurt to do some more. If you have an old big tree doing successive pruning’s will gradually bring the size down.

Be sure you rake up any leaves and branches after you prune. This is where the fungal spores hide to be ready for their summer peach leaf curl attack.

Spray your dormant fruit trees with a liquid Copper spray and any Horticultural oil spray. Especially Peaches and Nectarines to prevent that ugly peach leaf curl appearance in summer. If you wait for summer when the leaves curl it is too late!

Spray again when the leaf buds turn pink and start to come out. What is the Pink bud stage?
This is a bit tricky because different fruit trees will start to leaf out at various times. Weidner’s has a Liqui-Cop hose end sprayer that might be a good thing to have on hand. Copper works on fungi and the oil smothers all the other sleeping insects and eggs.

Come in to the Gardens and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. Our goal is to help you be successful in your home garden. See our available list of Fruit Trees and Berries below:

Apples:
Anna Apple
Dorsett Golden Apple
Fuji Apple
Pink Lady Apple

Cherries:
Minnie Royal Cherry
Royal Crimson Cherry
Royal Lee Cherry

Nectarines:
Necta Zee Miniature Nectarine
Artic Star Nectarine
Desert Dawn Nectarine

Peaches:
Babcock Peach
Eva’s Pride Peach
Mid Pride Peach
Red Baron Peach

Plums:
Burgundy Plum
Santa Rosa Plum

Hybrids:
Cot-N-Candy Aprium
Spice Zee Nectaplum
Sugar Twist Pluerry
Sweet Treat Pluerry

Multi Budded fruit trees:
4n1 Apple (Anna, Fuji, Dorsett Golden, Golden-Gordon)
4n1 Fruit Salad (July Elberta Peach, Fantasia Nectarine, Blenheim Apricot, Babcock Peach, Santa Rosa Plum)
4n1 Showy Flowers (Fantasia Nectarine, Saturn Peach, Red Baron Peach, Red Baron Peach, Double Delight Nectarine
4n1 Zee Sweet Pluots (Splash, Emerald Drop, Flavor Grenade, Geo Pride)
4n1 Plum (Mariposa, Beauty, Santa Rosa, Burgundy, Golden Nectar)

Blueberries:
Misty
O’neal
Sharpblue
Southmoon
Sunshine Blue

Raspberry:
Caroline
Nova Red
Triple Crown Blackberry

Figs:
Flander
Janice Seed-Less Kadota

Persimmon:
Fuyu Persimmon

Goji Berry
Boysenberry (thornless)