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Growing tips for July

Woolly aphid on apple tree

Woolly aphid on apple tree

A new generation of aphids and caterpillars has appeared, mainly on apple trees. It is particularly the new tender shoot extensions they are after. On the smaller trees a lot can be achieved by cutting out the affected shoots with a secateur. Do not drop the cut-out shoots on the orchard floor, as the offenders might find their way back into the trees again. This doesn’t apply to Woolly Aphids. This particular type of aphids lives on old wounds and in cracks anywhere in the stem of the tree. It protects itself with white woolly fluff. With a stiff brush and a powerful hose pipe you will be able to remove most of them. Repeat this method of control after 14 days.

At all times of the year orchard hygiene is the basis of good natural pest  and disease control. Mildew fungus can now also be found on many extension shoots. Due to the very wet summer, in many gardens, scab and mildew can become a problem, if nothing is done about it. Just cut off all infected shoots and fruits and remove out of the orchard .

This is also the time to carry out the first summer pruning on apples and pears. Shorten back the long extension shoots to 5 leaves and the shorter side shoots to three leaves.Another summer pruning session is needed by late August. The same summer pruning technique can be carried out with damsons, greengages and plums. With apricots and peaches, cut out the shoots not wanted. If the current growth is very strong, then reduce the number of shoots. Having done that, cut back the remaining shoots to 5 leaves.

Fruit trees will be in short supply this year. It pays therefore to order early, if specific varieties are wanted. Just let us know your requirements and we will respond to your questions and reserve the trees for orders that you wish to place for delivery this coming late autumnn/early winter, when the trees transplant best and are most likely to be in the best position to grow well in the following spring time.

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