Trees are wonderful companions. Trees have their own story to tell. All we need to do is to listen to them through observation by means of regular visits. It is a fallacy that trees look after themselves. In particular, the quality of the first five years of a fruit tree’s life is instrumental to its capability to produce fruit on a regular basis.
The purpose of these videos is to follow the development of fruit trees throughout the seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn. As for all living matter in nature, trees have to battle against a whole range of adversities as days go by. Once we get to know these adversities, it will become clear, particularly in the early years, when a modest amount of support from us will improve the fruit tree’s quality of life. This in turn will enable the tree to provide you with its delicious, natural and health-promoting fruit, grown in your own garden.
We are currently working on the production of these videos, and they are listed here in chronological order. Each link below takes you to a page where you can watch the video and read an accompanying text.
February: Pruning fruit trees – general principles
The basic concepts involved in pruning – the importance of light in determining tree shape. Click to watch
February: The open-centre tree
Dan describes the open bowl-shaped tree, an alternative to the pyramid structure. Click to watch.
March: Pruning pear trees – the difference between fruit and wood bud
It is important to delay pruning until you can see which buds are fruit bud. Click to watch.
March: Whip and tongue grafting tools and technique
William Seabrook demonstrates the tools and steps involved in whip and tongue grafting. Click to watch.
March: Whip and tongue grafting and the rind grafting technique
Close-up views of these two grafting techniques. Click to watch.
March: How to shape a fruit tree without pruning
In a fruit tree’s early years, the pyramid shape can be initiated without pruning. Click to watch.
Late March: Pruning a mature apple tree
Dan Neuteboom demonstrates how to prune an old apple tree – a 50-year old Bramley . Click to watch.
Late March: A pear tree in bad condition
Dan takes a look at a 7-year old pear tree that is showing evident signs of distress. Click to watch.
April: How to prune plum trees – and how not to prune plum trees
Dan Neuteboom shows us two mature plum trees, one of which has been pruned with a chain saw. Click to watch.
April: How to prune an apple tree – tutorial on a 10-year-old tree
In this video, Dan Neuteboom demonstrates the basics of pruning, improving light entry with as few cuts as possible. Click to watch.
April: Grafting pollinator to improve cropping – pear tree
Pollination can be improved by grafting on a second variety at the centre of the tree. Click to watch.
April: How to grow greengage tree – open-centre tree
Dan shows us a 17-year old greengage that he has transformed by removing the central leader. Click to watch.
April: Bark, tree health, and tree canker treatment
Using bark colour to assess health. How to cut out tree canker. Click to watch.
April: Newly planted apple tree care
Mulch helps keep the soil moist and provides nutrients. A tree guard is essential. Beware of mice. Click to watch.
April: Grafting mistletoe onto an apple tree
Mistletoe loves to grow on apple trees. It does no harm to the tree and encourages biodiversity. Click to watch.
April: Blossom on fan shaped pear trees
Good fruit set on three fan-shaped pear trees. Click to watch.
April: Peach leaf curl management
Peach leaf curl can be prevented by keeping buds and wood dry in winter and spring. Click to watch.
April: Cherry tree pollination – how to improve it easily
How to improve cross-pollination, fruit set and cropping on a cherry tree, using a milk bottle. Click to watch.
April: Tydemans Late Orange, a biennial bearing variety
Tydemans Late Orange tends to crop only every other year – biennial bearing – but the fruit is worth waiting for. Click to watch.
April: Soil analysis for fruit trees
A soil analysis report is crucial for determining the suitability of a new garden in terms of fruit tree soil requirements. Click to watch.
April: Planting new fruit trees – variety choice
A fruit tree varieties chart providing information on time of cropping, pollination, and resistance to disease. Click to watch.
April: Apricot tree frost damage protection
How to protect an apricot tree in the UK from the potential damage caused by night frosts. Click to watch.
April: How to plant a hedgerow
An example of a newly-planted hedge with details on preparation and care. Click to watch.
April: How to prune fruit trees – stages of bud development
It is best to delay pruning until you can see the difference between wood bud and fruit bud. Click to watch.
Video: An insect hotel and fruit tree pollination
Insect hotels can help with pollination on early-flowering fruit trees such as cherries, plums, greengages, apricots and peaches. Click to watch.
August: Some fruit tree problems
Dan Neuteboom explains about aphis, drought, rabbit damage. Click to watch.
August: Summer pruning
The principles of summer pruning, improving fruit colour and flavour. Click to watch.
August: A wild flower meadow
Dan and Henrietta Neuteboom describe the benefits of a wild flower meadow as an aid for garden fruit trees. Click to watch.
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Other clips include:
Some Fruit Tree Problems
The Delayed Open Centre Tree Shape
How to make liquid fertilizer
Wild Flower Meadows
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