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.

March: Tying down apple tree branches

Dan Neuteboom demonstrates how to tie down apple tree branches, a method of forming the tree’s structure. 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 disease resistance. 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.

April: 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.

May: Plum sawfly treatment

For plum sawfly control, you can use a pheromone trap. Here are the details on controlling this pest. Click to watch.

May: How to control aphids on fruit trees

You can always see when you have an aphid attack because the leaves curl up. There is a simple organic method to get rid of aphids on fruit trees. Click to watch.

May: How to control aphids on apple trees

if you see ants going up your fruit tree, you know that you have aphids. How can you get rid of the aphids on your apple tree? Click to watch.

May: Black aphids on cherry

Black aphids can be a serious problem on cherry. Here is an organic solution to black aphid infection. Click to watch.

May: How to control wasps in the garden

Wasps can be a real problem, particularly with plums and cherries. Here is a simple trap. Click to watch.

May: How to thin apples by hand

For early varieties, late May is a good time for thinning fruit on apple trees. Click to watch.

May: How to support fruit tree branches

When a young tree sets a lot of fruit, it may be necessary to provide support and prevent breakage. Here’s how to do it. Click to watch.

May: How to grow morello cherries

The morello cherry is the only fruit tree that does very well on the north side of a building. Here are some tips on ensuring that it crops well. Click to watch.

May: Scenes from a garden orchard

Dan Neuteboom at Suffolk Fruit & Trees points out some situations in a garden orchard, in early May. Fan, espalier, pyramid shape, spring frost, how to protect peaches, nectarines and apricots from frost damage. Click to watch.

May: How to grow figs in the UK

Figs do much better if they are in some sort of container, because they have very strong root systems. Click to watch.

May: How to thin plums

In late May-early June, if the set of fruit on plum trees is strong, it is a good idea to start thinning out the plums. Click to watch.

May: Mildew on fruit trees

In spring and early summer, mildew can develop on fruit trees very quickly, particularly in certain weather conditions. Click to watch.

May: Ladybirds, great friends for fruit growers

A ladybird is the biggest friend the fruit grower can have. They inhabit fruit trees and eat the aphids. Click to watch.

May: Grafting apple trees, results and maintenance

How to solve problems in grafts that have not taken properly. Click to watch.

July: Thinning pears

Thinning pears improves fruit size. A demonstration on the variety Joséphine de Malines. Click to watch.

July: Thinning apples

Thinning apples should be performed even on trees that have a natural self-thinning tendency. A demonstration on Winter Wonder/Suntan. Click to watch.

July: Doyenne du Comice – an early-cropping pear

In the right conditions, a Comice pear tree on the right rootstock will crop at an early stage of its life, Click to watch.

July: Summer Sun, a compact, self-fertile cherry

A compact cherry, suitable for growing along a wall, best when planted with a pollinator. Click to watch.

July: Thinning Pinova apples – a video tutorial

Pinova is a wonderful, late apple variety that crops fairly regularly, but it tends to overcrop, so thinning is very important. Click to watch.

July: Thinning the Golden Gage greengage – video tutorial

Golden Gage is a generous tree, but if there are too many plums on the tree,thinning is necessary, because otherwise, next year you won’t get a good crop. Click to watch.

July: Pheromone trap for the sawfly

The pheromone trap attracts the male sawfly, preventing too many grubs from ruining plums and greengages. Remember to replace the lure. Click to watch.

July: A Comice bush tree

Dan shows us a Comice pear cultivated as a bush tree, a pattern that can produce a lot of good-quality fruit as long as it has a pollinator that flowers at the same time. Click to watch.

July: Thinning apricots

Apricots have set very well this year (2019), and so the fruits are too close together. Dan shows us the correct distance between fruits, and how to remove excess apricots. Click to watch.

July – How to save a tree that has been ring-barked by muntjac deer

Rabbits, hares and muntjac deer can cause terrible damage to a fruit tree. Dan Neuteboom shows us a Winter Nelis pear tree that was damaged in this way, and describes how he treated it in order to bring it back to health. Click to watch.

Chainsaw surgery – treating bacterial canker on a damson tree

Bacterial canker is a disease that can kill a tree. Dan Neuteboom explains how he treated an infected damson tree by cutting away the infected parts of the trunk with a chain saw, and painting the wounds with creocoat (a creosote substitute). 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.

August: How to train a stepover tree

Dan Neuteboom describes the construction of a stepover tree, with examples of two varieties, Norfolk Beefing and Egremont Russet. Click to watch:

August: Fruit tree problems

Some common fruit tree problems: aphis, too many weeds around the tree, insufficient water, and rabbit damage. Click to watch.

August: The delayed open centre tree

The delayed open centre tree shape, as applied to a Bramley tree to reduce wood growth and increase cropping. Click to watch.

August: How to make liquid fertilizer from comfrey

Dan Neuteboom describes how to make an organic liquid fertilizer using comfrey. Click to watch.

August: Development of a fruit tree

Dan Neuteboom illustrates the development of an apple tree, from its first year, right through to 30 years. Dan provides some tips on what to watch out for – aphis, greenfly, deteriorating leaf colour. Click to watch.

August: Thinning apples

Dan Neuteboom provides advice and demonstraton on how to thin apples. Thinning apple fruitlets improves size and quality. Click to view.

October: How to pick apples

Dan Neuteboom shows the movement by means of which you can pick an apple without damaging it. Click to watch.

December: Winter pruning

Dan Neuteboom demonstrates the principles of pruning apple trees. How to prune apple trees to improve cropping and fruit quality. Click to watch.

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