Sometimes, when you move house, you might take it upon yourself to undertake some renovations or some home improvements to suit your liking. This is a common thing for new home owners to do. But let’s talk about the garden. You might arrive and find you have an abundance of trees in your garden, something you aren’t keen on and you might be considering hiring one of those handy tree removal companies to come and do the deed for you. But wait, check these trees first, they might be a source of homegrown juicy fruits for you to feast on with your family! They’re not high maintenance and provide you with fresh produce, or beautiful flowers. All you have to do is read below to find out how to care for these magnificent fruit trees.

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:

Anna Apple
Dorsett Golden Apple
Fuji Apple
Pink Lady Apple
Minnie Royal Cherry
Royal Crimson Cherry
Royal Lee Cherry
Necta Zee Miniature Nectarine
Artic Star Nectarine
Desert Dawn Nectarine
Babcock Peach
Eva’s Pride Peach
Mid Pride Peach
Red Baron Peach
Burgundy Plum
Santa Rosa Plum
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)
Sunshine Blue
Nova Red
Triple Crown Blackberry
Janice Seed-Less Kadota
Fuyu Persimmon
Goji Berry
Boysenberry (thornless)