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Online Pollination Checker for Fruit Trees & Advice
Julian Bosdari 28 Jul 2016

Correct Pollination of Your Fruit Trees Increases Crop Size Note: This tool is being updated, and doesn't currently show our full range, so please use the old-fashioned tables linked below for now. Apple Pollination Table Pear Pollination Table Cherry Pollination Table Plum Group Poll...

How to Grow Figs in Pots
Julian Bosdari 15 Sep 2017

General Care of Pot Grown Figs These instructions apply specifically to Brown Turkey figs but they will also work for any member of the family Ficus carica whose fruit will reliably ripen outdoors in the UK.   You should repot your fig every 3-4 years when it is without l...

How to Prune A Fig Tree
Julian Bosdari 15 Sep 2017

Pruning a Brown Turkey Fig This pruning guide was written specifically for Brown Turkey fig trees, but it applies to most of the other varieties of Ficus carica grown in the UK. To maximise crop size, freestanding and pot grown figs are best grown as bushes and their early pruning is there...

Biennial Fruiting
Julian Bosdari 6 May 2019

Summary Some species of fruit tree - apples and pears are the prime culprits - can get into the habit of alternating heavy crops one year with carrying little or nothing the year after. next. Some varieties - for example, Blenheim Orange, Bramley and Laxton’s are natural alternate croppers...

What is the June Drop? Fruit Tree Advice
Julian Bosdari 24 Jun 2020

What is the ‘June drop’? Simple - Lots of apple or pear fruitlets on the ground under your precious fruit trees in June long before they are ripe. While the June Drop can look frightening, there’s usually no need to worry about it. In midsummer, most fruit trees shed some...

Thinning Fruit
Julian Bosdari 27 Jun 2020

Fruit thinning improves your crop and makes young trees establish faster Reducing the number of unripe fruit on a tree is called thinning, and it is beneficial for several reasons: Fruit trees can produce such large crops that they end up small and misshapen. A heavy crop one year often resu...

Pruning Pear & Apple Trees (Video)
Julian Bosdari 9 Feb 2021

How to Prune Apple & Pear Trees Pruning your apple & pear trees is very simple and doesn't take that long. Watch the video below to see how easy it is. You will need some sharp secateurs. TRANSCRIPT Hi, I'm Andi from Ashridge Nurseries. We’re looking at this lovely old pear es...

How to Prune a Fig Tree (Video)
Julian Bosdari 1 Mar 2021

How and When to Prune Your Fig Trees It's best to prune your fig trees in the spring. In the video below, you'll be shown how to reduce the height, take out unwanted crossing branches and generally tidy up the look of your fig tree. You will need some secateurs, a pruning saw and some loppers. ...

Pruning a Crabapple Tree (Video)
Julian Bosdari 3 Mar 2021

How and When to Prune Crabapple Trees You want to prune your Crabapple Trees in the Springtime when there are no frosts. Removing damaged and congested branches will encourage flowering and new growth. You will need a ladder, pruning saw, loppers and secateurs. TRANSCRIPT Hi, I’m Andi...

Apple Scab & Pear Scab
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Apple Scab & Pear Scab - Disease  These diseases can affect fruit trees such as apples and pears including their respective ornamental equivalents. Apple Scab & Pear Scab - Symptoms Scab (which is caused by a fungus - Venturia inaequalis) can infect both apples and pears and it at...

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