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6 years 9 months ago #535328 by MickeyMolly
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Hello everyone

We have purchased a block in the Wairarapa. Currently planting about 100 fruit trees and learning a lot! Hoping our house will be ready to live in within a couple of months. Can't wait to get proper stuck in out there

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6 years 9 months ago #535331 by Rokker
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Sounds brilliant! Welcome to the forum! So what varieties have you planted? And what are your plans for the fruit?

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6 years 9 months ago #535334 by MickeyMolly
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Every tree is a different variety. We have plums, nashi, apples, nectarines, mandarins, Orange, almond, walnut, chestnut, pine nut, hazel nut, cherry, lime, lemon, blue berry, raspberry, worchester berry, cranberry, grapes, fiejoa and lots more. We wanted to try heaps of varieties and see what does well.

We plan to have the fruit ourselves and share with family, friends and neighbors. And Any one willing to pick it haha

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6 years 9 months ago #535335 by tonybaker
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great stuff! Now you have to brush up your wine making and jam bottling skills for that huge harvest! One mistake that is very common when planting fruit trees is not pruning them in the first year. If you don't you will end up with huge trees that are difficult to manage and produce copious amounts of inferior fruit. This site outlines the steps to take at planting time.
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6 years 9 months ago #535338 by MickeyMolly
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Hi Tony
That's great information thank you for sharing this with me. I was ready to prune but didn't know how drastically to do it. This will make the trees far more manageable.

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6 years 9 months ago #535359 by LongRidge
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Greetings and welcome. If you had asked beforehand I would have given you some suggestions from our experience and a climate similar to yours.:-).

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6 years 9 months ago #535364 by MickeyMolly
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Hi LongRidge

What varieties have you and success with? What's been unsuccessful too?

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6 years 9 months ago #535391 by LongRidge
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The one nashi tree produces more than we can store, and it doesn't stew well.
The 2 feijoas produce more than enough for us. We stew them then freeze for later use.
The Granny Smith apple is quite good, but the Royal Gala is not as easy-care so most of the fruit is fed to the animals.
The three plum trees usually produce enough fruit to freeze for later use (wine, sauce, and stewed fruit) for the rest of the year.
The nectarines and peaches need lots of effort to care for them, and we don't get many.
The grapes on phytophera resistant root stock have done quite well, but keeping the wasps away is a huge nuisance. The grapes that don't get eaten immediately get taken off the stalks then frozen for wine later in the year..
The apricots are a waste of space. We have had one good crop in 20 years from our three trees. I cannot spray them enough, nor irrigate enough. They need lots of winter chill which we often don't get enough of , then they flower very early when there are few bees around, and then get frosted by late frosts. Also the Kereru eat the flowers.
The quince are quite good. They get stewed then frozen.
The pears are usually worthwhile.
The walnuts are difficult and require specialist equipment to shale the tree, collect the nuts, clean the nuts, dry the nuts, store the nuts, and pick up the leaves, all the time protecting them from the rats and mice. Don't plant near the house :-(
The pine nuts are impossible unless you have lots of spare time and cheap labour.
The cranberries are good to graze on when out in the garden, but picking and processing them is a pain.
The grapefruit is very useful.
Too cold for oranges and mandarines.
We don't use lemons, so the lisbon lemon is a waste of space.

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #535396 by tonybaker
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oh dear, sounds like a lot of work! Nashis are great fresh, pears - if you want to keep them pick them off the tree, if eaten fresh pick up off ground. Apples, stay well away from commercial cultivars, they need spraying. Apricots are useless. Plums are bomb proof, cherries feed the birds without netting, blueberries ok for snacking, grapes are weeds, quince are easy for jam and paste, nectarines are great. Citrus look good but need lots of fertiliser.
Overall, if you don't prune and keep the trees small, you will have problems. With fruit trees, less is more.

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