Increasingly, growers must aim to produce both higher quality and greater quantity of fruit to cover their overhead costs and turn their orchard into a successful investment as quickly as possible.

Clearly, to have a successful orchard, it is important to start with quality nursery stock that is certified virus-free. It is not advisable to acquire stock without this certification, as there is a high risk of orchard failure due to viruses and diseases commonly present in non-certified propagation material.

The soil type and growing conditions, as well as the choice of the rootstock most suitable for the selected scion cultivar, are the most important initial considerations for the grower preparing for a new orchard.