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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: fruit tree advice needed Reply with quote

Could anyone advise me if I will be able to grow apples and Victoria plums successfully in a very bright sunny acre, but one that is about 90metres above sea level and currently very exposed to prevailing winds ? We have planted hedging and trees extensively, but it will take about 5 years, I expect before the shelter belt has any effect. We have already started a secondary shelter belt of beech hedging around the proposed "orchard" area.
Has anyone any words of wisdom on the subject please?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive, shelter from strong winds will protect plum flowers and apple blossoms which eventually become your fruit. Damaged blossoms equal's poor fruit.

Also, pollinating insects such as bees tend not to visit fruit trees in windswept locations, causing flowers to remain unpollinated and a tree to remain fruitless.

So, a fruit tree planted on a windswept hillside garden will probably grow quite well if its soil, feeding and watering needs are looked after. However it may produce little if any fruit until that shelter planting can preserve the trees flowers.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you James, so it is the wind that is the problem, now I understand....would it make sense to plant the trees anyway to let them get established even if it means poor fruiting for the first few years till our hedges grow ?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, plant away.
Just remember to stake well on the windward side. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much James, nothing like getting good, straightforward advice !
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