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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 Select a fruit type and variety in the drop-down lists below and click "Find Pollination Partners". You will then get a list of the compatible varieties. .kb-article-view ol{ list-style: outside none none !important; ...

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...

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...

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...

Fruit Tree Sizes and Shapes - Different ways of growing fruit trees - Ashridge Nurseries
Julian Bosdari 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...

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...

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