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About this website
This website presents a lot of information about growing fruit trees, compiled by myself, Dan Neuteboom, on the basis of 60 years in the fruit growing profession. Scroll down for an index of the content on this website (site map).
Fruit tree care January 2022
Fruit trees are now in dormancy, and so this is a good time of year for planting new trees. There are many other jobs that need to be performed in order to ensure that both the trees and their immediate environment are conducive to tree health and good cropping. and capable of producing good fruit. If you have fruit stored for the winter, keep an eye on the fruit to ensure that it stays in good condition. Click here to read all our fruit growing tips for January.
Observing the essential needs of fruit trees
This is a good time to think back over the past year and the significant events that occurred to your trees. We may think, “Oh the trees? Well, they’ll be all right”. But often, due to neglect or lack of time, the trees are not all right. To keep them in good shape, we have to take the time to observe them. It is amazing how much the trees can tell us about themselves, if only we are willing to look and listen. Read the complete article.
Special feature: how to grow fig trees
Growing fig trees is feasible in the UK but trees should not be simply planted in a good patch of soil in the garden. It is essential to plant a fig in a container to restrict root growth. If you don’t do this, the tree will grow strongly and fail to crop. Read more about growing figs in this article.
My fig tree is growing free in the ground, is there any way of controlling its size by pruning?
In this case, the only effective way of controlling the fig tree’s growth is by pruning the roots, not by pruning the shoots! This is not a simple operation. Use a mini digger and lift the tree from the soil and replant the tree in a large container or a planting hole specially prepared with a lining and base in concrete slabs which make it impossible for the roots to grow sideways or downwards out of the allotted space. Alternatively, place a container in the hole; make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom.
My fig tree is in a container, but last year there was a lot of growth and not much fruit. Why?
In spring 2021 there were several night frosts. Figs are very frost-sensitive, and so the crop was reduced by frost damage to the tiny embryo fruitlets. If fruit is damaged in this way, all the energy that would have been used for the fruit is diverted to root and shoot growth. You can avoid frost damage to fig trees by taking it into a shed or poly tunnel from November to March, if it is in a mobile container. Or it can be protected with garden fleece. Or it can be grown permanently in a poly tunnel.
How do I prune my fig tree?
From the third year on, a fig tree can be pruned every winter (from November to March). Read our article about how to prune fig trees.
Fruit tree consultancy
Dan Neuteboom provides tailored advice on care, renovation and pruning of fruit trees, remotely, or with an on-site visit for locations in East Anglia, for gardeners, large estates, architects, estate agents, property developers and various government organizations. Over the course of his career, Dan has developed in-depth knowledge of fruit trees both in garden orchards and in large-scale commercial orchards. Some reader opinions are visible on our customer comments page.
For projects involving new trees to be planted, we work with a few selected top-quality nurseries, and so once the varieties and numbers of trees have been defined, we can put you in contact with the appropriate fruit tree supplier.
Just send a message by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using our web contact form, and Dan will provide an estimate for the solution. Please send a few photos of the site and the fruit trees concerned.
Growing quality fruit trees
This website presents information on the entire spectrum of fruit trees for the garden:
- advice on which trees to plant
- advice on how to plan a new garden orchard
- planting fruit trees
- how to deal with fruit tree diseases
- how to look after older trees
- pruning fruit trees
- training fruit trees as espalier, fan, cordon or stepover
- and much more.
Use the menu at right or top, or the site map below (scroll down) to find the topics you need.
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.
Consulting – advice by Dan Neuteboom on fruit growing in gardens and orchards
Blog – news, articles, and examples of Dan’s consultancy
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
Rootstocks and tree size
How to buy fruit trees
Trees for a tree house
Growing fruit trees
- Apple sawfly
- Apple scab
- Apple splitting
- Apricot dieback
- Armillaria honey fungus
- Bacterial canker
- Bird damage
- Bitter pit
- Blossom wilt
- Boot lace fungus
- Brown rot
- Canker on apple trees
- Canker on plums, greengages, damson
- Capsid bugs
- Cherry blackfly
- Cherry fruit drop
- Cherry splitting
- Codling moth
- Collar rot
- Greenfly on apples and pears
- Ivy on fruit trees
- Mealy aphid on plums, greengages, damson
- Mildew on apples
- Peach leaf curl disease
- Pear canker
- Pear leaf blister mite
- Pear midge
- Pear scab
- Pear virus
- Pigeon damage on plum trees
- Plum moth
- Plum sawfly
- Red spider on apricots
- Silver leaf on plums
- Woolly aphid
Natural and eco-sustainable solutions:
Fruit growing year – a month-by-month list of tasks in a garden orchard
- January fruit tree care tips
- February fruit tree care tips
- March fruit tree care tips
- April fruit tree care tips
- May fruit tree care tips
- June fruit tree care tips
- July fruit tree care tips
- August fruit tree care tips
- September fruit tree care tips
- October fruit tree care tips
- November fruit tree care tips
- December fruit tree care tips
- How to train free-standing fruit trees
- How to train espalier fruit trees
- How to train espalier apple trees
- How to train fan-shaped fruit trees
- How to train cordon fruit trees
- How to train stepover fruit trees
- How to train apricots as fan-shaped trees
- How to prune apple trees
- How to prune espalier apple trees
- How to prune pear trees
- How to prune espalier pear trees
- How to prune plum trees
- How to prune fig trees
- How to prune cherry trees
- How to prune apricot trees
- How to prune espalier apricot trees
- How to prune mulberry trees
- How to prune crab apple trees
- How to prune quince trees
- How to prune medlar trees
- How to prune walnut trees
- Radical pruning for restoring old trees
- How to grow cherries
- How to grow plums
- How to grow greengages
- How to grow hazelnuts
- How to grow medlars
- How to grow quince trees
- How to grow apricots
- How to grow fig trees
- How to grow raspberries
- How to grow almonds and walnuts
- A tree improves with age
- What can you do with an old fruit tree?
- The 6 factors in keeping older trees in production
- The metabolism of older fruit trees
- How to renovate old fruit trees
- Problems encountered with older fruit trees
- How to move an older free-growing tree
- How to get a large tree quickly
- How to move an older potted tree
- How to transplant a tree from a container