Susan’s first of four workshops on tree care was called “Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: Secrets to Success”. Susan walked us through 10 secrets to successfully planting, maintaining, and growing the most fruitful trees.
Here are a few of the tips that Susan emphasized throughout the evening:
- Prune, prune, prune!
- One of the most important tips that Susan shared was that it is absolutely crucial to prune your tree. In fact, the pruning starts the very day you plant your tree! If you don’t prune, the branches will remain thin and weak, and there will be too many branches all over the place, which ends up overpowering the tree. Weak branches will easily break under the pressure of larger fruit like apples and pears. The more you prune, the stronger your remaining branches will become, and the easier it’ll be for the fruit to grow.
- Buy disease-resistant fruit trees
- If you plan on growing organically, it is easy for fruit to become overrun by diseases or pests. However, there are several types of fruits that are disease-resistant, and while they may be less common, they are definitely worth it in the long run. They taste delicious, and they are much easier to maintain!
- Just like humans, fruit trees require food and water to survive.
- One of the biggest mistakes that fruit tree owners make is not feeding their trees. Flower bushes and other plants require water in order to grow, and fruit trees are no different. Lots of water and mulch will help your tree strengthen and stay healthy! Susan recommends putting three buckets of water with holes punched in the bottom at the foot of your tree, so that the water will slowly seep into the soil and reach the roots (dumping buckets of water on the ground will only make the water spread, and not reach the tree!).
Taking proper care of fruit trees can be difficult and time-consuming, but the end result of a healthy, fruit-bearing tree that lives for 50+ years is so worth the effort. Susan’s workshops are great for everyone – whether you are a first-time fruit tree grower, or someone who has 20 trees already!
If you missed the first workshop, or still have more questions about caring for your tree, have no fear! Susan is leading three more classes about pruning, pest and disease prevention, and choosing the right tree coming up in the next few months.
You can register for the remaining workshops on Eventbrite by clicking here.