is there any way we can get advice on what fruit trees would be suitalble to grow on our Titirangi property?

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Thank you Colinfor helpful advice, Patrick immediatley went out and bought a PH testing kit so we're on the way!

Colin Cook said:
Hi I would advise a ph test on your soil. And find out your type of soil ie clay, loam,. sandy, etc.Also other important factors are climate is the area exposed to frosts, winds,Most fruit trees do not like exposure to wind.Once you have this information your local nursery should be able to adviseyou on your choice .
A couple of things I have learnt about peaches and plums....- Peach trees like a bit of wind as it helps keep the fungal diseases at bay, but they dont like heavy clay soils so much. Plum trees are less wind tolerant but generally do well on a clay soil.
If you have a clay / heavy soil and want to grow peaches, try sourcing trees which have been grafted onto plum rootstock.
Paul Spooner said:
A couple of things I have learnt about peaches and plums....- Peach trees like a bit of wind as it helps keep the fungal diseases at bay, but they dont like heavy clay soils so much. Plum trees are less wind tolerant but generally do well on a clay soil.
If you have a clay / heavy soil and want to grow peaches, try sourcing trees which have been grafted onto plum rootstock.
Thank you very much for this. We do have clay soil and we're keen to plant a plum tree, so this is very helpful.

Heleln and Patrick Doherty said:
Paul Spooner said:
A couple of things I have learnt about peaches and plums....- Peach trees like a bit of wind as it helps keep the fungal diseases at bay, but they dont like heavy clay soils so much. Plum trees are less wind tolerant but generally do well on a clay soil.
If you have a clay / heavy soil and want to grow peaches, try sourcing trees which have been grafted onto plum rootstock.
Good idea!

Tania said:
I would go to a local nursery & find an old codger there & ask him.
Hi, I live in Auckland and am intending to plant some cirtrus trees. Can anyone please recommend some good varieties of

Manderine
Tangelo and
Orange ?

I want the best flavour for all of them, and a seedless manderine. I'm not concerned about the conditions as I am confident of providing what they need. Thanks.
Re citrus, go to Copperfield Nurseries website. They are near Tauranga and have very good descriptions of a big range of very well priced citrus.
Re fruit suitable for Auckland. Productive Trees in Paeroa have a range of old varieties of apples if you are interested. Their catalogue comes out some time in February I think. Order very early as they always sell out. If you want Helen and Patrick I can send you this years catalogue. Katherine
Thanks Kath ;)
Thanks Katherine - we actually went out and bought a lemon and a mandarine so we may leave it at that till next year = much appreciate your helpful advice Helen
Katherine Lucas said:
Re citrus, go to Copperfield Nurseries website. They are near Tauranga and have very good descriptions of a big range of very well priced citrus.
Re fruit suitable for Auckland. Productive Trees in Paeroa have a range of old varieties of apples if you are interested. Their catalogue comes out some time in February I think. Order very early as they always sell out. If you want Helen and Patrick I can send you this years catalogue. Katherine
For those in the Auckland region looking for information about fruit trees and a reliable place to buy I recommend Kaipara Garden Centre. They specialise in trees that do well in the warmer Auckland region (ie stone fruit that does not need as many hours of cold etc) and their web site is a wealth of information. Even if you don't buy from them, check out their site as they talk about the conditions etc each variety of fruit tree grows well in.

http://plantsnz.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5&am...
And as for the citrus- tangelo- I would get a tangelo ugli as it is a slightly sweeter version of a tangelo and the satsuma mandarin has excellent flavour and is seedless. I know less about the orange, but we purchased a sweet navel.
Thanks Debbie - that is very helpful advice and will definitely check their website

Debbie L said:
For those in the Auckland region looking for information about fruit trees and a reliable place to buy I recommend Kaipara Garden Centre. They specialise in trees that do well in the warmer Auckland region (ie stone fruit that does not need as many hours of cold etc) and their web site is a wealth of information. Even if you don't buy from them, check out their site as they talk about the conditions etc each variety of fruit tree grows well in.

http://plantsnz.co.nz/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5&am...

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