Pride of Place - Plant a Mini Orchard at Your Place
You’d normally associate an orchard with a large area, but we’ve created a guide to a smaller version for your backyard! Whether you’re an apple lover or into feijoas, there are so many options when it comes to selecting fruit trees and shrubs to fit into smaller spaces.
3 Steps to a Mini Orchard
Select varieties of fruit trees that you like to eat, and that are suited to where you live – check your local garden centre to see what they recommend. We’ve selected a hardy, easy care range of trees and shrubs to plant, that are easy to keep on the smaller side:
- Feijoas (a couple of different varieties to enhance pollination)
- Dwarf citrus (e.g. mandarin, lemon, lime)
- Blueberries (a combination of varieties of the same type to ensure good cross pollination)
- Dwarf apple trees
Once you have selected your plants, it’s time to get the soil prepared – the better the soil, the better your fruit plants will grow.
The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day, so the plants aren’t exposed to the hot sun straight away.
- Soak plants in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic before planting to help prevent
transplant shock and encourage healthy growth.
- Dig a hole approximately twice the depth and width of the root ball of your plant and partly fill with Tui Garden Mix.
- Add in a handful of Tui Sheep Pellets and mix into the soil.
- Place your tree in the hole and fill in with Tui Garden Mix, ensuring the tree is no deeper than it was in the container or bag.
- Apply Tui Enrich Fruit, Citrus, Tree & Shrub Fertiliser around the dripline of your tree.
- Water well after planting.
Feed your plants and they will reward you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your fruit plants will grow to their full potential.
Feed your orchard with Tui Enrich Fruit, Citrus, Tree & Shrub Fertiliser for optimum nutrition with its triple action formula. Apply every six months, for best results apply in early spring and late summer.
Don’t forget to water your fruit trees – especially over the warm summer months. Well watered, well nourished fruit will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.
Prune if you need to for either a desired shape, to remove any diseased stems, or to improve air circulation. Leaves are the life of the tree, so don’t cut unnecessarily, particularly before the tree has matured