Another Availability Update!

Things are hopping here at Tropic of Canada! Our first batch of plants arrived safely today. They’ll need a bit to acclimatize to the new environment, then they’ll be off to their new homes. Most of these are spoken for, but you can still send in requests. To view our most up to date availability, please click HERE!

Garden Guardian O2!

Garden Update

Spring is finally here, it is dry and cool, ideal time now to get those trees pruned. When pruning fruit trees always prune to have the centre open to allow maximum light and air to the heart of your plant. The type and variety does not matter, air and light give you the healthy tree that will produce well for now and the future. Most of our trees are grown Espalier, this allows maximum light and air to reach all parts of the trees.

As you prune start by removing any damaged, crossing or diseased shoots. Determine how high you want your tree to be when fruiting, we have never liked the idea of climbing a ladder (or the tree) to pick fruit. We restrict all ours to a maximum height of 8′ or 2.2m, that is as high as I can easily reach. Prune to outward pointing shoot buds about 3′ or 1m above the ground in year one. Second year, create your bowl shape with shoots, with strong 30-40′ angles to the truck. Third year now you are creating the future framework for where you want the fruit to be.

When you purchased your tree you should have found on the plant tag, or you would have been told whether this variety was spur or tip fruiting, and whether it fruits on this years or last years wood. These are critical things to know as you for your future pruning success. If you do not know, now is the time to find out before you start year three pruning.

As you will see from the pictures, our Plum, Apricot and Peach trees still have nice side growth left as these will bear the blossom and fruit on last years wood for this season. Apple and Pears are pruned to help create blossom spurs with much shortened shoot growth.

Please ask any questions in regard to pruning (or any questions), always happy to help guide you through the process.

Garden update, with lots of photos!

Well nearly the end of February, everyone is going through their catalogues and wish list’s, trying to match them up. What a marvelous time of year. If your house and/or greenhouse have Citrus then like us, you are suffering with the heavy scent of blossoms wafting through the air. Do not forget to pollinate around midday, an artists brush gently stroked over anthers and stigmas does the trick nicely. Your reward will be fruit in July-Nov. Any not in bud will usually come into blossom April-May.

In about 3-4 weeks we will be able to start spring pruning and tidying up. Our first seeds are sown and germinated, Strawberries need an early start to blossom and fruit by June. Next will be Leeks, Onions then Lettuce, and Tomatoes followed by Broccoli at the end of March.

Weather forecast is still typical for the time of year, although we are down on total precipitation for January and so far through February.

Only a few weeks left to order from our Pine Island plant offering. We already have a couple of orders, and look forward over the next three weeks helping to put clients wishes into reality.