When is the best time to spray/fertalize my small fruit trees?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Marta: Each fruit has different requirements in terms of fertilizer as well as disease and insect control programs, so without knowing exactly what you are growing I cannot give you specific advice. With most fruits the nitrogen levels should be the highest during the spring and summer. They should be lower during the fall as they prepare for the winter. This will make them less susceptible to winter damage. Each state/county has different recommendations for homegrown fruit care. You should contact your County Cooperative Extension Service and ask the horticulture/agriculture agent(s) for local advice. They will have publications available for you to use as a reference. Healthy and productive fruit trees begin with choosing disease-resistant cultivars and then planting them in an ideal location. Fruit trees are best planted in a space where they will receive full sun and good air circulation. The soil should be rich in nutrients and well-drained. Properly pruning young trees as they mature is essential for good fruit production. For more information about your local extension service, visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/monroe/