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Fruit Tree Advice

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Fruit Tree Sizes & Shapes: Different ways of Growing
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
Julian Bosdari 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
Julian Bosdari 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...

Fruit Tree Orchards - Locating
Julian Bosdari 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 b...

Buying Apple Trees
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Thinking about buying apple trees  Location, location Funnily enough we would suggest that the first consideration when buying an apple tree is location. Where you plant it impacts culture, size and variety. In an orchard setting you are likely to have free standing trees. Typic...

Growing Cordon Fruit Trees
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Growing Fruit Trees as Cordons  There are a number of reasons why cordon fruit trees are an attractive proposition. They take up far less space than any other fruit tree form and so allow you to grow a much larger range of varieties in a restricted space. They are easy to keep in shape, and...

Apple Tree Facts
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Facts About Apple Trees - Malus domestica  Our climate is ideal for growing apple trees.  They like well drained, fertile soil and grow inland at altitudes up to about 800-900 feet (250-300 metres+). The trees will grow at much higher altitudes, but the pollinators in the UK strug...

Cider Apple Chemistry
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Anatomy of a good cider apple  What makes the best cider apple should really occupy you if you are planting an orchard from scratch, and you want to make good cider. It makes sense to buy apple trees that produce fruit fit for purpose. The reality is that you could make cider out of any ap...

Importance of cider apple tannin and acid
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

What do Tannin and Acidity do in Cider Making?  Tannin is found in the stems, seeds and skins of many fruits including apples. It is a natural preservative and so critically influences the ageing process of cider (as well as wine, leather and other products). High tannin ciders have a longe...

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