Fruit Trees

Perfect pears

Crisp slices of pear on a cheese platter, delicious pear tarts and cakes and refreshing savoury salads are just some of the ways pears can be enjoyed. Pears are high in dietary fibre and a good source of potassium and the peak pear harvest season runs from late summer into autumn.

Pear trees are very attractive deciduous trees which have pretty bee-attracting blossoms in spring. You don’t need to have a large garden to be able to grow a pear tree. Super dwarf varieties such as Fleming’s® Nurseries Trixzie® ‘Pyvert’ only grow to around 1.5 m tall so are perfect for both small gardens and growing in pots. A medium to large sized Yates Tuscan pot filled with good quality potting mix, like Yates® Premium Potting Mix is ideal for pot suitable dwarf varieties.

Pears are also great for espaliering, where the trees are trained to grow flat against a wall or trellis, so take up very little room.

Pears do best in cool to temperate zones, with different varieties requiring different levels of ‘chilling hours’ to maximise the fruit yield. For warmer areas look out for special ‘low chill’ varieties like ‘Flordahome’ and ‘Hood’. Check the pollinator requirements for your chosen variety, as some need to be planted near a suitable mate to be able to set fruit. Choose a spot with at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and well-drained soil.

Pears are most commonly planted during winter as bare rooted trees however can also be available as potted trees which are great for planting during autumn.

It takes a lot of energy to produce all that delectable fruit. Apply some Yates Thrive® Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone during periods of flowering, fruiting and new foliage growth to provide the tree with fast acting nutrients as well as organic ingredients that provide gentle slow release feeding and help to improve the quality of the soil.


Home grown olives

Olive trees, with their attractive greyish foliage, can be successfully grown in backyards as well as in a large pot in a sunny courtyard. They’re hardy, dry tolerant plants that grow well in cool to temperate climates.

Salads, pizza, tapenade, pasta and breads are just a few delicious ways to enjoy olives, which are usually harvested in autumn. Different varieties are suited to different uses, such as ‘Manzanillo’ for pickling, ‘Kalamata’ for eating fresh and cooking and ‘Frantolo’ for oil, and also for different climates, so pick a variety suitable for your area (and your favourite recipe).

Also check your chosen olive to see if it will produce a better crop if cross pollinated with another olive, with trees taking around 4 – 5 years to bear fruit.

When planting a new olive tree, mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the planting hole and keep the soil moist while the olive establishes.

Reapply Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser every spring and autumn to encourage healthy growth and lots of olives.

Soil tip: olives prefer a slightly alkaline soil (pH 7 – 8). In areas with acidic soil, apply some Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite around the root zone to increase the pH.


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