Be patient give them a chance to get established before producing the edibles.
Water them, mulch them, fertilize them, repeat.
Each spring apply compost and organic fertilizer (do not over-do it though)
- Remove your pruners from the garage to use when the tree is dormant
- Remove the chance of spreading disease by sterilizing your pruners
- Remove dead branches
- Remove big branches to help shape
- Remove medium size branches to prevent overcrowding
- Remove twigs to keep things tidy
- Remove some fruit (‘fruit thinning’) to allow the remaining fruit to fatten up
- Remove things slowly, no more than 1/3 of the branches a year
Remove fallen fruit and leaves to avoid housing pests over the winter months
- Maintain a strong core trunk with evenly-spaced side branches to allow the sun to shine throughout.
- Cut close to the trunk but avoid damaging the bark.
- Use sharp, sharp shears for a speedy recovery, do not snap or tear off branches.
- Snip close to healthy buds to encourage new growth.
- Remove root suckers and water sprouts as soon as you see them.
They can be needy but the benefits outweigh the cost:
- Prune once or twice a year to keep the plant healthy and productive
- Prune away dead or old shoots right back to the base
- Prune new shoots back in early spring leaving 3-4 leaves
- Spray pests with a homemade mixture ‘Protecting Your Plants from Pests’
- Weed around them, as you should do for any plant in any garden