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Online pollination checker for apple trees | Advice from Ashridge Nurseries
28 Jul 2016

Good Pollination of your Apple Trees Increases crop Size All apple trees need to be pollinated in order to carry fruit. Cross pollination happens when two apple trees of different but compatible varieties are in flower at the same time and the pollen from one fertilises the flower...

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 will also apply to most of the other members of the family Ficus carica grown in the UK.   To maximise crop size free standing and pot grown figs are best grown as bushes and their e...

Fruit Tree Sizes and Shapes - Different ways of growing fruit trees - Ashridge Nurseries
18 Jul 2016

Fruit tree shapes  Fruit trees (Apples, Cherries, Damsons, Pears, Plums, Quince etc) are grown in a variety of shapes. Ashridge Trees supplies a number of these ready formed and the raw material to allow you to produce your own fruit tree shapes. If you want to produce your own, we sell ap...

Plum Trees - Thinning
18 Jul 2016

Why should I thin my Plum Trees?  Professional plum growers all thin out the crops on the plum trees in their orchards. They do this for three reasons: 1. Their trees bear tastier plums if they have to bring fewer to ripeness 2. Plum trees are famous for their branches cracking under the ...

Apples - How to Store
18 Jul 2016

Simple Apple Storage  Browse all our apple trees here. Only store perfect looking apples that you picked from the tree. Any damaged or windfall fruit should be juiced, cooked, made into jam or just eaten right away. Store apples in a cold but frost free place. A little humidity in the air...

Fruit Split
18 Jul 2016

Cracked and split fruit  Fruit split is a disfiguring condition where one or more splits, often branched, are seen on the surface of apples, pears and other fruit. The splits are usually not very deep, but they cause wounds that allow diseases and pests to attack otherwise healthy (and tast...

Fruit Trees - Basic Care
18 Jul 2016

Fruit Trees - Clean Up Afterwards  When the crop is in, and winter is knocking on the door, rake up the fallen leaves and twigs from under your fruit trees. Then BURN them or take them to the DUMP. Do not compost them. More fungal infections overwinter on fallen fruit leaves than anywh...

Rootstocks - Apple Trees
18 Jul 2016

This is a guide to the most common apple tree rootstocks. When buying apple trees from us, you do not need to worry about choosing the right rootstock - each of our trees is grown on the most suitable one for its intended final shape and size.  However for those who are interested, the real...

Fruit Tree Orchards - Locating
18 Jul 2016

Planting an Orchard - Selecting the site  This is a brief (non-exhaustive) guide to choosing a good position for your fruit orchard.You can find the best fruit trees for sale at the cheapest prices and buy them all, but if you don't plant them in the right place it will all prove to have be...

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