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Dan Neuteboom

How to grow fruit in the UK

This website provides extensive information on how to grow fruit in the UK, including pruning fruit trees, thinning, fruit tree pest control, planting fruit trees, training fruit trees as espalier, fan, cordon or stepover, and much more.

Fruit trees – essential activities in October 2020

In October, trees are beginning to prepare for dormancy, and we can help by applying nutrients if necessary and protecting against pests with winter wash and grease bands. Fruit tree canker can be cut out. Apple and pear picking continues for the late varieties. If your apple and pear trees have put on too much shoot growth, it is a good idea to prune your trees now and not during the winter. Read more about pruning here.

Click here to discover all our fruit growing tips for October.

Watch a video tutorial about how to apply a grease band.

Dan featured in Suffolk Magazine

Suffolk Magazine coverDan and Henrietta Neuteboom have been featured in an article in Suffolk Magazine (October 2020) titled “Dan’s wonderful world of apples“. The article by Marion Welham conveys Dan’s lifelong passion for apples, from the age of 4 when apples were an important part of nutrition in occupied Holland, right up until today and his ambition to help anyone grow quality fruit in their garden. To read the article, click on the link below to download it as a pdf, or click here to read the article on the Suffolk Magazine website. Article and pdf courtesy of Archant/Suffolk Magazine.

Suffolk Magazine article in pdf format

Suffolk magazine article

Fruit tree advice

Dan currently provides advice and demonstrations for individuals, allotment associations and other organizations. If you are interested in his help as a demonstrator or instructor, please contact him by email ( Arrangements will be agreed separately for each assignment on mutually acceptable terms.

Video channel

The videos published on this website illustrate the critical stages of fruit development, from the period from blossom to fruit formation, in a chronological sequence throughout the year. Click here to see the videos currently available.

Watch a video tutorial on how to “pick over”, picking just the apples or pears that are ready, narration by Dan Neuteboom, camera by John Paddy.

How to keep older trees in production

Working with old trees on a regular basis gives a real feel of companionship with these living organisms, which, like all of us, are ageing, changing over the course of time, learning to deal with the changing environment around them. There are ways of looking after trees over 30 years old to keep them in production. Read our article and discover the 6 main points to maintain fruit trees at a manageable size.

older fruit tree

Fruit trees and climate change

What contribution can we all make to combat climate change? Every day we are hearing that planting trees is one of the factors that can help combat climate change. In the UK the latest government manifesto includes a commitment to planting 15 million trees over the next 5 years.

But we can all make positive contributions that help slow down climate change. Apart from limiting use of fossil fuels, we can plant trees in our own garden if we have one. Read the article about trees and climate change.

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Video channel

Video channel – videos in which Dan Neuteboom explains many aspects of fruit growing, providing tips on pruning, thinning, pollination, grafting and more. With camera work by John Paddy.

Planning a garden orchard

Index of fruit tree varieties – from Adams Pearmain to Worcester
How to choose which apple varieties to plant
How to choose the best site for fruit trees
Garden law, high hedges act, height restrictions
Shelter belts
Rootstocks and tree size
How to buy fruit trees

Growing fruit trees

Pests and diseases

Natural and eco-sustainable solutions:

Diagnostic leaf atlas

Fruit growing year – a month-by-month list of tasks in a garden orchard

How to plant fruit trees

How to train fruit trees

Growing trees in pots




Fruit tree sports


How to get trees into production sooner

How to look after fruit trees

How to look after old fruit trees

Harvesting and storage

Cider & fruit juice making

Apple recipes

How to remove tree stumps

How to grow a wildflower meadow

The healing power of nature

Fruit trees and climate change

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