Fruit Growing In Smaller Areas

Fruits can be successfully grown in confined spaces, and produce crops within one to three years after planting. While they generally crop best in sunny positions, gooseberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries grow satisfactorily in light shade. Shelter from cold north and east winds, particularly at flowering time, is necessary to ensure pollination and fruit set. … Read more

Suckers and Bands on Fruit Trees

All fruit trees and bushes are liable to produce suckers. These are not necessarily harmful. That depends partly upon whether the trees are grafted or on their own roots. Most apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots are grafted, or budded, which is simply a form of grafting. The roots are provided by … Read more

Lorette Pruning

In addition to the methods described under particular fruits a system of pruning has been devised by a Frenchman, M. Lorette, and bears his name. It is particularly applicable to trained apples and pears and, though primarily designed for the French climate, has proved very successful in some places in this country. The object is … Read more

The Care of Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and nectarines (which are simply a smooth-skinned type of peach) are usually fan-trained against a sunny wall but in the eastern and drier parts of the country peaches (but not nectarines) may be grown as bushes. Most peaches and nectarines are self-fertile and so a single specimen can be quite successful. However, as they … Read more