Top Tips for Harvesting Fruit

July 5, 2018

If you’re lucky enough to have a fruit tree in your garden, you’ll need to know when you can harvest the fruit from it. In today’s blog post, Border Fencing discuss top tips for harvesting fruit from trees.

The following fruit should be harvested at these times:

Early summer
Goji berries, gooseberries and strawberries.
Mid summer
Apricots, blueberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, jostaberry, nectarines, peaches and strawberries.
Late summer
Early-ripening apple cultivars, blackberries, damsons, figs, grapes, plums and raspberries.
Apples, goji berries, medlar, pears and quince, autumn-fruiting raspberries.

How to:

It is best to harvest your fruit on a dry day to avoid it spoiling. Have to hand a small container such as a small punnet for soft fruit and a large, soft bag for apples. If you are harvesting fruit from tall trees, you may also require a long-handled fruit picker and a step ladder.

Once you have collected your soft fruit, you’ll want to use it as soon as possible or freeze it to preserve it. For fruits such as apricots, damsons, nectarines, peaches and plums you’ll want to use them within a few days.


To avoid birds and squirrels decimating the fruit crops, be sure to net vulnerable fruit early in the season.

Take care when reaching into bushes as wasps may be feeding on crevices in the fruit, especially varieties of figs, pears and apples.

If you spot any rotting fruit during the harvest, pick it off immediately to reduce the risk of fungal problems.

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