Winter wash fruit trees, wisteria and rose plants
To winter wash fruit trees, you should first remove any dead or diseased branches, then use a solution of water and horticultural oil such as Vitax winter wash or Jeyes fluid to spray the entire tree, including the trunk and branches. The solution should be applied when temperatures are above freezing and the tree is dormant. This will help to control pests and diseases that may be overwintering on the tree. It is also recommended to prune the tree properly and make sure the soil is well drained and mulched to protect the tree from cold temperatures.
Although you can apply the winter wash before pruning
How do you apply winter wash
To apply a winter wash on fruit trees, you should follow these steps:
- Gather your materials: You will need a water hose, a sprayer or a garden sprayer, a solution of water and horticultural oil Vitax winter wash or Jeyes Fluid, and a ladder if your tree is tall.
- Prepare the solution: Mix the horticultural oil with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The solution should typically be around 2-3% horticultural oil and 97-98% water.
- Prune the tree: Remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from the tree. This will help to prevent pests and diseases from overwintering on the tree.
- Spray the tree: Use the sprayer to apply the solution to the entire tree, including the trunk and branches. Make sure to cover all surfaces of the tree, including the top and bottom of the leaves.
- Pay attention to the weather: Make sure to apply the winter wash when the temperature is above freezing and the tree is dormant. Applying the solution when it is too cold can damage the tree.
- Repeat the process: Repeat the process every two weeks or as necessary to ensure adequate coverage.
It’s important to note that winter wash is not a substitute for proper pruning, and it’s not recommended to use it on a regular basis as the oil could accumulate and damage the tree.