Saving Water Producing Fruit

Episode: 2
Title: Saving Water Producing Fruit
Broadcast: Nov 13th 2016
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Can you grow fruit in the summer, while using less water? Absolutely! There are many things you can do to help your trees grow this season, and using this new natural fruit fly spray is one of them.

  • Not only is it better for you, but growing your own food at home also tastes better. With things like summer fruit coming through there’s something really important you should be doing now to ensure you remain waterwise.
  • Fruit trees use a fair amount of water when setting and producing fruit but don’t overwater them. Watering at the rate of one drink a week maximum for a young tree will increase the intensity of the flavour of the fruit.
  • Talking citrus, it’s even more important because when flowering is finished the fruit size is set. Too much water and your oranges will split just as they ripen.
  • The next thing to do is thin the fruit out. You’ll get larger fruit and use less water trying to sustain a bigger crop. Thin to one fruit instead of three.
  • The most important thing is to protect your fruit from the dreaded Fruit Fly because why would you go to all of the effort of looking after your growing crop only to lose it to the fruit fly?
  • Trev’s tried everything over the years but they all require work to maintain their effectiveness. Richgro are a West Australian family owned business in their hundredth year, have release an option that actually works!
  • It’s naturally based using pyrethrum and garlic. It’s quite a unique way to control pests because it doesn’t lure the fly, it kills the adults and the larvae on contact. Once you apply it you’re controlling it instantly.
  • Because it’s a natural product, you can spray over the foliage and the fruit and you only have one day withholding period.

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