Position – Full sun with at least 4m all around for future growth.
Size – Trees will grow to a height of 4 – 6 meters. They will fruit after 2 years and reach full fertility at 4 years. Almond Trees will give maximum yield at 7 – 9 years and can produce for up to 40 years.
Soil Type – Almond Trees thrive in a dry climate with minimal humidity. They will grow in all types of soil including chalky soil. We stock Volcanic Rock Dust which contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost soil health and increases important micro-organisms essential for healthy soil.
Mulch – All fruit trees thrive if protected with a good quality mulch. Generous servings of pine bark and green pine needles spread around the trunk of the tree helps eradicate weeds, brings the PH down slightly, and protects the roots from the harsh UV sun rays. Mulch also helps to keep the roots damp.
Watering – The Almond Tree Roots do not like to be waterlogged. A good soaking every 4 – 5 days in spring and summer is preferable.
Fertilizing – Boron is recommended when planting and a slow release organic fertilizer in spring and summer.
Pruning – Normal pruning of dead branches in winter. A V-shape gives better light penetration.
Pests – It is advisable to constantly watch for borer worm as they will attack the trunk of the tree which is a hard wood. Even young trees are at risk.
Harvesting – Flower Buds open before the leaf buds in spring. Blossoms last about two weeks and the fruit develops in mid-summer. The inner shell completes its development 3 months after blossoming. Harvesting takes place in February and March.