How to grow fruit in the UK | pruning fruit trees | looking after old fruit trees | apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, figs, sweet chestnut, walnut, crab apple, cob nut, medlar, black mulberry, quince and many more

Dan Neuteboom

About this website has a lot of information on growing fruit trees in a garden or on an estate. This information is freely available to all readers.

We can also provide tailored services, subject to payment. If you have bought a plot of land and you would like to plant a small traditional orchard with local varieties, we can simplify the process. In fact, growing fruit successfully using organic techniques can be complicated. With our help, growing your own fruit can be made much simpler. See our Consulting page for further information.

Feel free to contact us with your questions. Just send a message by email ( or using our web contact form. We will provide an estimate for our services, which can be paid by bank transfer or cheque.

Areas in which we often provide services and solve problems by means of our consultancy are:

  • the creation of new traditional garden orchards
  • community projects focusing on local fruit as food
  • care, renovation and pruning of existing fruit trees
  • supply of fruit trees through top-quality nurseries.

May 2022 – garden orchard update

May is a critical time of year for fruit trees. Newly-planted trees need special care and regular watering, and even established trees may need help with water and mulch. Fruit trees are now well into the various stages of flowering and or growth. Lots of new green leaves are forming. These are very important for the trees’ well-being. Parasites can be particularly problematic, particularly those that damage foliage. The leaves are excellent indicators as to how the trees are coping with various pests and diseases. Pheromone traps should be place in apple and plum trees.. Click here to read all our fruit growing tips for May.


Growing quality fruit trees

This website presents information on the entire spectrum of fruit trees for the garden:

Use the menu at right or top, or the site map below (scroll down) to find the topics you need.

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 about how to control aphids on fruit trees.


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Consulting – advice by Dan Neuteboom on fruit growing in gardens and orchards
Blog – news, articles, and examples of Dan’s consultancy

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
Trees for a tree house

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 plant a tree bought online

How to train fruit trees

Growing trees in pots




Fruit tree sports


How to get trees into production sooner

How to grow an edible hedge (fruiting hedge)

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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