Hi, my mandarins were not very sweet this year. What can I do to ensure they taste better next year? Also is it time to prune my fruit trees? Citrus trees, plum trees, feijioa, apricot and nectarine trees?
Jude Anne Potton
Apply a fertiliser rich in potassium or potash to improve fruit flavour. Apply Tui Citrus Food in early spring and again in late summer to keep your tree healthy and producing sweet juicy fruit. Winter is a good time to prune some fruit trees, do it on a fine dry day. Prune back feijoas after fruiting has finished, generally citrus do not need pruning unless they are growing in a direction that you don’t want them to or you want to shorten the growth. Apricots can be pruned now, however wait until summer for plums and nectarines. Take out branches that are dead, dying or diseased and crossing over, prune to an outside bud, create an open vase shaped canopy.
Thanks, Tui Team