Fruit Growers Treasure Trove

This is the index for the tree care pages Fruit Grower’s Treasure Trove, with tps on fruit growing, site, soil, weather effects, fruit tree size, growing trees in containers, planting, training, pests, harvesting, orchard hygiene, pruning, variety choice and more. Just click on the links below to reach the section of interest.

1) Introduction

Home grown fruit
Looking after trees
Top Ten Tips on caring for fruit trees

2) Site, soil, weather – the external conditions

Site

Big trees, little trees, can they compete?
Site and the correct choice of fruit tree
Tree height restrictions and how to deal with them
Renovating neglected orchards
Shelter belts
Wildflower meadow
Trees and flooding

The soil

Soils and essential preparation for successful growing
A quick method of finding out whether the soil is suitable for fruit trees
Difficult climate and soil
Crop rotation

Weather effects

Frost
Drought, wind and hail
Type of fruit planted
Excessive rainfall
Trees as long-range weather forecasters

3) How trees grow

Organic magic
If you can’t find manure…

Rootstocks and fruit tree size

Maiden trees and bush trees
Tree size and rootstocks
Rootstocks for apples
Traditional large bush trees

Fruit trees in containers

Growing fruit trees in containers
Size of the container
Soil and fertilizer
When to feed and how to water your trees in containers
Which types of fruit tree can be grown in containers?
Cherries in containers

4) How to plant and train fruit trees

How to plant and when to plant

The dormant period
Time to plant
Advance preparations
When the trees arrive
Heeling in
Planting
Newly planted trees and night frost
The staking of fruit trees, a necessary evil?

Tree training

Free-standing tree
Espalier
Fan
Cordon
Stepover
Apricot

5) Looking after your fruit trees

How to get fruit trees into production sooner

What to watch out for during the growing season

Unexpected tree death
Fruit set
Fruit drop

Pests and weeds

Pest and disease control
Natural predators
Grease bands
Chickens
Foxes
Pigeons
Apple canker
Peach leaf curl disease
Armillaria
Brown rot
Ivy
The goodies
Hedgehogs
Birds

When to harvest and how to store the fruit

Fruit picking
Storage tips
Ethylene filters
Pear ripening

Orchard hygiene

A good look once a week
Orchard hygiene for good crops
The effects of a Mediterranean climate on fruit trees
A fruity detective story
An old plum tree

6) Pruning, renovating old trees, removing trees

Pruning

Basic principles of pruning
When we want a large tree
Pruning for regular cropping
Treatment for young, over-vigorous trees
Treatment for young, under-vigorous trees
Treatment of trees that have gone out of hand
Winter pruning and summer pruning
Treatment for poorly-cropping plums and pears

Radical pruning for restoration

Renovating old fruit trees
Maintenance for old fruit trees
Case history: a tree with a double trunk

Removing a tree

7) The fruit growing year

December-January
February
Late March
April
May
May-early June
June
July
Mid-July
August
First week of August
Second week of August
Third week of August
Late August
September
Early October
October
November
December

8) Varieties

Which varieties to plant

Choosing fruit trees that crop regularly and produce fruit of good flavour
Variety choice; eating, cooking, juicing, slicing, baking, cider making
The British cooking apple
Why the correct choice of fruit tree is paramount to success
Suntan
Cherries
Quinces
Apricots
Figs
Greengages
Medlars
Hazelnuts
Raspberries

Tree variety index with descriptions

9) Diagnostic leaf atlas

10) Fruit miscellanea

Cider and fruit juice
Some fruit recipes