With the lemon tree, they like lots of water & I feed mine with a Citrus feed about 2 or 3 times a year, always have a tree loaded with them, mines the Lemonaide Tree & when over ripe, you can eat them just like an orange, bluddy beautiful.
MANGO'S --- OMG -- I would kill for a mango tree, I pay anything up to $3.00 each for them here, just love them.
Is that a 80 - 20 share????? It's the only way I operate, more for me less for EVERYBODY else (unless it's something yucky of course!!)
Sorry GAG I seem to be derailing your thread! AND I have nothing to offer about your original post - I will stand for my beating now
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The pears and apples fruit ripens usually March through April, depending on how warm it is. It's April in Canberra so maybe earlier on the Hawkesbury. They're both prone to something called "Codlin moth" which you can spray ever couple of weeks for or you can put a bit of cardboard box around the base of each tree - all the way around - so that the female moths can crawl into the wrinkles of the cardboard, and then you get rid of the cardboard every week or so, burning is good. Or you can get a rag and rub vaseline on it and tie that around the base of the tree - and the female moths get stuck to that. The female moths can't fly. They end up on the ground from fallen fruit and have to climb up the tree to mate and lay eggs.
Pruning apples and pears - I just prune till I get the height and shape I want. I think the fruit comes on last year's new growth, actually I think it just comes where it comes.
The other thing that pear trees get is something called cherry slug - which looks like shiny black wet bird crap - you spray with the same as for caterpillers, there's some very low toxin stuff, but I only used to bother if the tree was losing all it's leaves. Didn't seem to affect the fruit at all.
Plum trees and apricot trees - fruit on last year's growth so if you prune it right back to old wood - you get nothing the following year. Bad. What I do is paint the branches I want to keep and prune back hard on every second one and leave the other one cut only to the height I want. Both of these don't mind summer pruning after fruiting. Both should be done fruiting by now. Apricots usually come just before or after Christmas depending on variety. Plums maybe even sooner. You can dry plums using the same recipe as apricots - yum and the dark red plums you can put in recipes that call for apricots - yummy too.
Plums don't require much in the way of spraying - leastways I never used to bother.
Apricots need spraying for something called "brown rot" when the leaves fall off, and again some sort of fungicide just as the buds are about to open. Check with garden shop. Copper spray is usually good, or lime sulphur (stinky though).
With all your fruit trees, they do better if you get rid of all the old fruit especially those mummified things that don't fall off the tree for next year because that's where all the bad fruit thigns live.
Plums and apricots and citrus - all get fruit fly from time to time. Frost tends to kill off fruit fly, but any time we got a good north wind in Canberra for a few days, we'd get fruit fly outbreaks. You can get traps for fruit fly so you know when you need to spray for those. Fruit fly will ruin the entire crop (who wants to eat fruit with maggots in) so spraying is probably worth it. I don't know much about managing it. Our primary industries dept has some sort of baiting program that renders the buggers sterile so the eggs don't hatch or something - no spraying of anything toxic but I don't know where you get that from or how you use it.
All the fruit trees will take as much fertilizer as you care to give them, especially the citrus, and all of them like a lot of water - eg the sprinkler (if you're allowed) for an hour or so once a week. Or drippers for overnight once a week. You would need maybe four to ten drippers per tree depending on size of tree and rate of drip.
To resurrect citrus - get some dynamic lifter for citrus and spread that around the bottom as per packet instructions - especially around the "drip line" ie the edge of the circle the canopy makes over the ground. And then water, deep soak, then mulch with wet newspaper (two or three pages thick) and pea straw over that - to stop any weeds or grass or anything growing under the citrus.
NEVER EVER DIG under a citrus tree. They've got really shallow roots and really object to digging. Also NEVER EVER spray weed killer under or near a citrus tree. The green bits of the citrus tree absorb the weed killer and it makes the tree sick and then it gets borers or ants or both and that kills it off.
Avoid pruning citrus in summer or frosty weather. If you prune in summer, bits of the tree get sunburnt and that bit will die. Probably best to prune in spring, depending on when the fruit is comimg on. You only prune for shape and maybe to let a little bit of sun and air through the middle. Ie cut the branches that are in the way.
For all the fruit trees, do thin the fruit out so each piece of fruit is by itself. This is not essential but you will get the biggest fruit this way and the least risk of branches breaking from overload.
Oh yes, and parrots really like fruit trees. If you can stop the first one having a nibble it's all good. But if they get in, there won't be a lot left for you. It is possible to spray something that tastes yuk to a parrot but I'm not sure what that is.
Mum managed to stop them eating her fruit by hanging a few brightly coloured fake fruit in her trees. They nibbled the fake fruit and decided those trees weren't worth bothering with.
Organic Gardening by Peter Bennett
Peter Bennett wrote the book on organic gardening way way before it became trendy.
There are also several gardening podcasts on the ABC, I know Adelaide and Canberra local ABC radio have gardening shows. Maybe the local ABC near you does too, would be Saturday or Sunday mornings before the sports starts.
Wow! Thanks Hyacinth, I think I'll have to print that out - I'll go have a squiz at all the trees to see what infestations they have. Though better to do it tomorrow when I can see.....
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Mmmm love mangoes.
All my trees are ala natural lol. I only prune when they look like they are getting in the way of my walking space.
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