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I found some good information on looking after fruit trees of types common in the UK here (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=539)

Essentially:

  1. Clear ground of grass around the trunk
  2. Apply appropriate fertiliser in late winter/early spring
  3. Apply mulch in later spring

But what about fruit bushes - in the UK that would typically mean currants, gooseberries, blueberries for example? Is it all the same or are there species-specific things that need doing?

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    The RHS has specific advice in these links: rhs.org.uk/Advice/Grow-Your-Own/Fruit The generic term to search for is "soft fruits." – alephzero Mar 10 at 22:37
  • Ah I didn't realise "soft fruit" specifically was used this way – Mr. Boy Mar 11 at 10:13
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    When I grew red currants , I did not use fertilizer ; mulch probably provided a little. They were still prolific fruit producers . I used some ordinary 10,10,10 on raspberries . Blue berries need rabbit eradicator rather than fertilizer. If you are growing tons of fruit commercially it is different from a few bushes for home use , and fertilizer is more important. – blacksmith37 Mar 11 at 20:08

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