Fertizing fruit trees

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Fertizing fruit trees

Postby Novice » Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:32 pm

I have 1 Apricot, 2 cherries and 1 apple tree. What is"to do list" this spring? Should I trim them? What kind of fertilizers should I use? I live in Harrisonburg, VA
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Re: Fertizing fruit trees

Postby lorijones » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:37 pm

How old are your trees?
One problem that I see is that you only have one apple tree. Apples need cross pollination in order to bear fruit. You will have to plant another compatible apple variety to act as a pollenizer for the tree you already have. Cross pollination will also help improve fruit set on your apricot tree. Here is a link that will give you some ideas about pollination of fruit trees: http://www.viette.com/v.php?pg=1026.
Pruning should take place in late winter or early spring before growth begins. Apples can also be pruned in summer. Apricots are best pruned to an open center or vase shape, cherries can be pruned to an open center or a modified central leader, and apples should be pruned to a modified central leader or central leader: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=61#training. The age of the trees will determine exactly how this pruning should be done.
We recommend fertilizing fruit trees with Espoma Tree-tone in the early spring before growth begins and in the fall after the leaves drop but before the ground freezes. Here is some info on Espoma Tree-tone: http://espoma.com/p_consumer/tones_tree.html#.VRBYZI5H7-I
You will also need to decide if you are going to follow a spray schedule for these trees to protect them from insects and disease. I would recommend at least a late winter/early spring spraying with Bonide All Seasons Oil to smother any overwintering insect pests and insect eggs and also help prevent the spread of some diseases. Here is a link to a page on our website that provides a spring and summer orchard spray schedule if you are planing to spray your fruit trees: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=333
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