Location: Choose a location that gets full sun or partial sun (at least a half day) at minimum. Be sure the area provides adequate protection from winds if possible.
Before planting, place the tree’s roots in a bucket of water overnight to let them soak.
Remove in the morning and carefully spread out the roots.
Dig your hole slightly wider than the roots and at sufficient depth to cover them but making sure the lower branch union is well above the soil.
Stake the tree to secure it and ensure it remains upright.
For soils containing heavy clay, add a fistful of gypsum to the hole before covering. For sandy soil, add organic matter and compost.
Add mulch on top to keep moist.
Water the tree the next day, then twice weekly for the next 3 weeks.
- To plant in a pot, mix together a good quality potting mix and top soil.
- Add a tablespoon of slow release fertilizer that contains trace elements of osmocote.
- Mix together and water in well.
- Sprinkle some mulch on top for extra water retention.
- Position a tray under the pot.
Fertilization: Fertilize your Fruit Cocktail three times each year with applications in the late winter, early summer and early autumn. Apply choice of either manure, compost or a slow release fertilizer mixed into the soil. Prevent fertilizers from making direct contact with the trunk of the tree.
Pruning: Routine pruning to maintain the desired shape and balance of your tree can be performed on an ongoing basis. To promote ideal health and growth, prune your Fruit Cocktail early in the winter. Prune roughly 1/3 of the current year’s growth, keeping all cuts above outward buds.
Pests: The most common pest concern for the Fruit Cocktail Tree is the Fruit Fly. Use a bait control such as Fruit Fly Lure to keep your fruit safe from insects. Apply the solution to the lower leaves of the tree’s branches closest to the trunk. If you need to resort to spray remedies, you can use Labaycid if necessary.
Cut back any vigorous growing branches and keep the tree balanced. Faster growing branches will deny slower growing branches of nutrients.
Remove any shoots that are growing from the rootstock below ground level or from the main central trunk of the tree.