North East Melbourne fruiting schedule

 

The table below shows the possible fruiting months for a wide variety of fruit trees, berries and vines. It also shows: the number of plants required for successful pollination (1 for self-fertile or 2+ for self-incompatible); whether the fruit will ripen after being picked (if kept at room temperature); and which parts of the tree bear the fruit (relevant for pruning).

Clearly, the schedule for a particular plant will depend on its variety. So, for example, whilst apple trees may have fruit at any time from February to September, Golden Delicious are typically ready to harvest in February, Granny Smith in April and Eve in June.

Click anywhere in the table to view a higher resolution version. Alternatively, here is a pdf version.

Which parts of the tree bear the fruit (relevant for pruning)

When pruning your fruit trees, berries or vines, it is important to understand what wood is going to bear the fruit next year. Two examples, illustrate the point.

First, ‘everbearing’ raspberries bear their best fruit on 1st year canes, so a lot of people cut all their canes down to the ground after harvesting. But standard ‘summer bearing’ raspberries bear their fruit on 2nd year canes so if you cut all their canes down to the ground after harvesting then you would get no raspberries the following year!

Second, grapes bear their fruit on current year growth. So, once a part of the vine has fruited, it will never fruit again. So, their annual prune typically comprises cutting off just about all of last year’s growth. Peaches, on the other hand, bear their fruit on last year’s growth (so-called 1-year-old wood) so if you pruned them like you prune grapes, you would get no peaches the following year!

  14 Responses to “North East Melbourne fruiting schedule”

  1. Is there a chart for the best time in the year to plant these? cheers

    • Hi Kate,

      No there isn’t such a chart but most fruit trees, and certainly all the deciduous ones, are best planted in Winter.

  2. Wonderful information, very handy.

  3. Great chart summary. Would be good to know which custard apples grow well in Melbourne.

  4. Really great chart, thank you. I’m in California and the months obviously are different, but the other information is great, super helpful.

  5. I’m not very up with plants, but should figs be there too? Great site, thank you!

  6. Thank you! I’ve just spent hours putting together my own calendar of what veggies to grown when and then realised I hadn’t included fruit! So then I came across your site and saw this list already done, and the veggie one too! Also you had a pdf of it. I’ll just use your list, it’s much better then mine.

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