- Home Gardeners -
Q: Can I buy directly from Waimea Nurseries?
A: As we supply to garden retailers, we do not supply small quantities direct to the public. We have a minimum order policy of ten trees per variety (ie. 10 x Apple Granny Smith') so if you want at least ten of the same tree, we are happy to help.
Q: My local garden centre does not have the tree in stock that I want. How can I get it?
A: Most garden centres will be happy to order the tree in for you, to come with their next order from us. Please note that not all of our varieties are available all year round. The best time for fruit trees and deciduous trees is between May and August, when our field grown trees are available.
Q: I can't find the answer to my question. Can I talk to someone at Waimea Nurseries?
A: Due to the volume of enquiries, we are unable to provide a phone help line. Please look through the FAQ and 'How To' sections first. If you still need help, please email all details including photos if possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that we do get a large number of requests for information so may not be able to attend to the email immediately, but we do try to answer all messages.
PESTS & DISEASES
Q: The leaves on my lemon tree are covered with a black mould. What is this and how do I prevent it?
A: The black mould is 'Sooty Mould', which is a common problem on all types of citrus trees. It is a secondary problem after an insect infestation. Scale insects (and other insects) will have left a secretion on the leaves, and the mould has grown on that. The mould can be washed off by covering the tree with a detergent solution (like Sunlight Liquid mixed with water), which should be done on a cool or cloudy day to prevent sunburn. Insect infestations should be controlled using oils or insecticides to prevent a recurrence. Reduce the likelihood of problems with insects and diseases by planting citrus trees in a sunny site with free draining soil (so avoid shady, damp areas), and prune the trees to be more open than dense.
Q: My fruit tree has not produced any fruit this year. What have I done wrong?
A: There are a multitude of reasons why a tree will not produce fruit. How old is the tree? It may not have reached a bearing age yet (ranges from 1 to 10 years depending on the type of fruit). Were there flowers? If the tree has not flowered, it may have not received sufficient winter chilling or may have too much Nitrogen in the soil which produces lots of vegetative growth at the expense of fruiting growth. If the tree has flowered but not set fruit, the flowers may not have been pollinated. Was there good bird activity? Is it a self fertile variety? If not self fertile, is the cross pollinating variety planted nearby and did it flower at the same time?