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Nigel's Fruit Tree Pruning Tips

Training of a fruit tree begins in the early years, and the aim is to develop a well balanced framework of branches that are capable of supporting the fruit crop. This permanent framework provides the reference points for pruning a mature tree.

Early pruning should only be enough to establish this desired framework; heavy pruning on a young tree can delay fruiting. I find open centre pruning is the most common and the most beneficial to use on fruit trees. This is the style of pruning I will explain today.

Open style pruning produces a bowl or vase shaped tree with no main central branch but instead many of the major limbs, or scaffold branches, angle outwards from the main trunk. These branches usually start at about 2 to 3 feet above the ground and should spiral around the tree with about 6 inches between each of the branches. Being able to identify the difference between new and old growth and what is a fruiting spur and a fruiting bud is important when pruning.

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Planting Fruit Trees

  
Many a gardener wishes they had fruit trees old enough to bear fruit in their yard. A house can be built within a year but a garden must grow and mature trees whether ornamental or fruit yielding; these are a treasure.
 
Planting trees takes vision, patience, and planning and in the not too distant future, you will reap the rewards of your efforts!
 

Fruit trees grow best in full sun locations where the ground drains well. Most home gardeners will want to plant semi-dwarf fruit trees, these being about a third smaller than their standard counterparts. As semi-dwarf trees are smaller they will easier to pick the fruit from and easier to prune.

Some of the best types of trees to grow in our area are apple, pear, cherry and plum. Once you have decided on the type of tree, you need to decide how many trees you have room for. If you only want one tree, be sure to get a self-fertile tree. Otherwise, your tree will not reliably set fruit. Pollination can be complicated so be sure to take the time to discuss pollination when you purchase your trees. We will help you with that.

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What's New & What's Hot 2011

Bedding Plants

Petunia 'Black Velvet' 

Brand new and velvety black;this petunia is going to get your creative side excited!What will you combine it with? Tiny white flowers of bacopa or 'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia, shimmery pink Osteospermum, or dramatic chartreuse potato vine? It's the little black dress of petunias. Goes with everything and adds drama to all occasions.

Roses

Colorific  

Very large flowers of peach, coral and salmon tintedwith scarlet and burgundy edges make each flower interestingand uniquely beautiful. Strong long stems with a light fragrance make it a lovely cutting rose also.

  

Dick Clark  

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Amaryllis

Everyone loves the magnificent blooms of the Amaryllis. Trumpet shaped flowers are up to 9 inches across and displayed in shades of pink, white and deep Christmasy red.

Amaryllis hybrids should be grown indoors and make spectacular potted plants that are sure to amaze. Amaryllis Hybrids include:-Red Lion (large deep red), Red Peacock (double red), Red  Pearl (deep dark red), Flamenco Queen (variegated red and white) and Ruldolf (extra early blooming, deep red).

Amaryllis bulbs are easy to grow for yourself or as Christmas gifts.

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