Pomefruit

Pomefruit

Pomefruits are deciduous, small to medium sized trees which have an upright growth habit, narrow crown, soft green foliage that becomes rather colourful in autumn, delicate perfumed spring blossoms along with juicy, plump fruits. The fruits within this family (Apples and Pears), have a core of several seeds that is surrounded by a tender, crisp and sometimes crunchy flesh that is encased in a tough thin skin that ranges from red, golden- yellow to various shades of green.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Pomefruit requires a cool to cold growing climate that has mild summers and cold winters. Apples have a lower cold hardiness than pears.

    Winter chilling hours for good fruit set will vary depending upon variety. Some pear cultivars require up to 1200 hours.

    Pears and apples cannot tolerate high humidity.

    Pomefruit enjoy a full sun position but will tolerate part shade.

    Pomefruit prefers good drainage and soil that is moderately fertile.  However, trees will still perform rather well in relatively heavy, poor draining soils.

    Provide plenty of water throughout the summer months, especially once fruit is forming. During hot dry periods a fortnightly deep soaking is a must for good plant health.

    Young saplings should be staked especially in areas that are prone to strong winds. It is advisable to offer windbreaks.

    When planting your pomefruit, an allowance of 4-6m space should be given between trees. Dwarf varieties can be given half the plant spacing.

    Dwarf varieties are great for growing in containers.

    At least two trees will need to be planted to allow for cross pollination as there are only few self pollinating varieties available.

    Prune to keep an open centre and strong branch framework. This will also allow for better light into the centre of the tree along with good air circulation reducing the chance of fungal diseases.

    The best time to plant is in autumn. Ensure that an adequate planting hole is provided 1m x 1m and 1m deep.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 10-15 cups (2-3kg)

    Commercial Use: 3.5kg

    Comments: Apply 2-4 months prior to planting to an area 1m across at each site and incorporate 20cm deep. Plant this in mid winter.

     

    Stage: (<5yrs)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2½-12½ cups (0.5-2.5kg

    Commercial Use: Up to 3kg

    Comments: Start with 500g per application in the first year and increase the rates every year of growth by 500g. Apply two applications up to 3kg in late winter and late spring in broad band 10cm from trunk and 1.15m beyond canopy.

     

    Stage: Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 20-25 cups (4-5kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 6kg

    Comments: Broadcast around trees in late winter up to 6kg per tree for commercial growers every 3 years. Pomefruit may also be in need of additional K (200-300kg/ha) every 3 years if deficient.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.