Instant gift cards available!

Planting Fruit Salad Trees in clay soil

September 16, 2018

Planting Fruit Salad Trees in clay soil

Clay soils can often present challenges for gardeners. Successful planting in clay just requires preparation, a quick soil test and some easily gained understanding of your soil.

Clay soil has poor drainage. Do not dig a planting hole in clay soil and fill with imported soil for your tree - this creates a sump where water collects resulting in all sorts of problems and a very sad Fruit Salad Tree.

Spend some time to create a mound above the soil and plant your tree into that.

  1. Remove grass/weeds from planting area in a circle 1 - 1.5 m across.
  2. Whack with a mattock. If soil is not soggy, break it up a little with a few good whacks using a mattock. This creates fractures/fissures so worms/nutrients etc can penetrate.
  3. Do a quick soil dispersal test by placing a pea-sized crumb of soil in a glass of water. If soil and water remain unchanged, gypsum will have no effect on drainage. If the water goes cloudy immediately or even within 24 hours, your soil will benefit from gypsum.
  4. Add Gypsum if required. Gypsum will not harm your soil and should be sprinkled over the surface rather than dug in.
  5. Add lime if you know your soils are acidic (many Australian soils are).
  6. Create a planting mound using whatever is available to you. A few barrow loads of good quality imported soil may help you get started. Layer some organic matter such as compost, composted manure, worm castings. Mulch with lucerne hay, pea straw, leaf litter. The soil component of your mound will need to be at least 26cm deep to accommodate the Fruit Salad Tree root system.
  7. A cup or two of lime can be incorporated into the mound if you like.
  8. Water well. Water mound weekly and plant in 4 weeks or so.
  9. Plant. When planting ensure the Fruit Salad Tree root ball is above the clay; the soil level of the planted tree is same as mounded soil le, and the organic matter and mulch are kept away from the trunk of the tree.

Thanks to earthworms and micro-organism activity, the organic matter of the mound will improve the clay soil below, resulting in a very happy Fruit Salad Tree!

For more information on planting your Fruit Salad Tree in the ground, click here.

As your tree grows, fertilise about four times a year, remove rootstockbalance your tree and thin the first fruit

Happy harvesting! 

We stock a wide range of Fruit Salad Trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stonefruit and multi-apple trees. 

Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.

Shop our wide range of trees now and check out our current specials here!




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News & Tips

Watering your Fruit Salad Tree in the heat
Watering your Fruit Salad Tree in the heat

January 16, 2019

When it's very hot and dry, your fruit trees will need more water. Just as we get thirsty in the heat, so do fruit trees. Many people ask us when and how much more to water their tree in extreme heat conditions- after all, water is precious! This guide to watering your fruit tree in the heat provides all the info you need to look after your tree in the heat - happy harvesting!

Continue Reading

Which Fruit Salad Tree will grow in my climate?
Which Fruit Salad Tree will grow in my climate?

December 05, 2018

Looking for a Fruit Salad Tree to suit your climate? There are varieties of fruits to suit all climate types.

You can also check specific fruit varieties and their requirements by looking at the Variety Information Table

Continue Reading

Summer Tree Care
Summer Tree Care

November 30, 2018

Summer has begun and we hope you’re having plenty of rain, it’s a wonderful drink for your Fruit Salad Trees! Our nursery staff have prepared a few tips and advice for these Summer months to make your plants thrive: 

Continue Reading

Afterpay available

SALE: 20% OFF all current stock! Use promo code HAIL - limited time only.

Plant now and pay later with Afterpay