Many of you will know that last autumn we moved three of our pot grown stone fruit into the greenhouse.
The main reason for this decision was to try and avoid peach leaf curl from devastating the plants and removing any chance of fruit.
Last year on the 2 May the leaves if the nectarine looked like this:
This year, although it is far too early to feel confident that we have kept the problem at bay, the leaves look healthy.
Keeping the trees under cover meant that I had to take on the role of pollinator. I can't have done too badly as fruit has set.
The apricot - Flavourcot - was the first to flower. It didn't have lots of flower but quite a few fruits set. Unfortunately we are down to just two but these are swelling nicely at the moment.
The nectarine - Fantasia - was next and was loaded with flowers. Quite a lot have set fruit but will these follow the lead of the apricot and drop.
The peach - Avalon Pride- didn't have lots of flower but again some fruit has set. The tiny fruitlets already have a furry skin.
To try to encourage the trees to hang on to at least a couple of fruits, the trees have been given a top dressing of good quality compost mixed with a slow release fertiliser.
As an added treat we may also give them some doses of tomato fertliser for good measure.
Then we have to play a tense waiting game to see whether our trees really have hearts of stone or whether the only stones are at the heart of some juicy delicious fruits.