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Watering and Fertilizing your Fruit Salad Tree

Watering and Fertilizing your Fruit Salad Tree

Looking after your Fruit Salad Tree will keep it happy and healthy and in turn, it will look after you by providing different, delicious fruit!

Watering

Keep your tree moist at all times, especially in the hotter months. A good layer of mulch promotes a more consistent moisture level.

We recommend 'deep watering' your tree on a weekly basis over Summer, so leave your hose on a trickle overnight. This will promote deeper root development, rather than just watering the surface. You can then reduce watering during the winter months. 

In Winter, don't let your soil dry out and deep water fairly regularly, to your conditions. In dry Winters especially, check your soil to regularly to ensure it doesn't dry out.

Fertilizing

Fertilize your tree at least twice a year, in late Winter and late Summer. Older manure is better than younger manure. Your compost is also a great fertilizer. You can also try mixing a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote into the soil or Blood and Bone or Dynamic Lifter. But, limit to only one of two of these fertilizers each application. 

In Winter, insects such as aphids burrow down into the tree and will then appear in Spring, so it's best to fertilize in Winter (towards the end of winter). 

When using fertilizers, keep them away from the trunk of the tree, and top up the mulch when required.

Did you know that you can also train your tree to grow and spread its branches by using stakes and ties. Read more about espaliering here and also training your Fruit Salad Tree here.

As your tree grows

Remove the rootstock (anything that’s not a fruit graft), balance your tree and remember to thin the first fruit

Happy Harvesting!

Here at Fruit Salad Trees, we stock a wide range of fruit trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stonefruit and multi-apple trees. 

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