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  • Grow your own fruit

    Autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness according to Keats and can bring a wealth of pleasures in the garden.

    If you like eating fruit why not plant a fruit tree? All tree planting can bring benefits to the garden - colour, shape, shade and ornament. Fruit trees can provide food for you and wildlife too.

    Apples are a popular choice with beautiful spring blossom which encourages pollinating insects and autumn fruit to eat or cook with - windfalls offer a bonus for wildlife too. There are many self-pollinating apple trees if you only have space for one tree, and many more options which require pollinating partners for two or more trees. Choose from a range of red to green coloured apples, sharp or sweet, for cooking or eating  including many that are not commonly available in the shops.  Try Apple James Grieve for a dual purpose eater and cooker, or the appropriately named self-fertile 'Scrumptious' eating apple for a reliable tree.

    Pears, plums and cherries are other familiar fruit trees to consider and there are more unusual edible options such as Mulbery, Medlar and Nut (Filbert or Kent Cob), Figs and Walnuts.

    Thinking of planting fruit trees? Come and talk to us about your requirements this autumn and in subsequent years you could be harvesting your own fruit.

    Fruit trees on dwarf rootstock and trained fruit such as Fan or Espalier Fruit trees are also available.

     

  • Winter Prune Apple Trees

    Now is an ideal time to prune apple trees - if you need to. Newly planted trees have usually been formatively pruned in the nursery and shouldn't need any pruning, however as trees get older pruning may be necessary and it is easier to assess the trees after leaf fall and prior to bud break.

    The aim of any pruning will be to reduce the risk of pests and diseases from crowded conditions ; encourage growth of younger productive wood and the production of good quality fruit.

    First remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches - particularly those damaged by apple canker.

    Prune out any crossing branches that can rub.

    Shorten previous year's growth on main branch tips by about a third.

    Leave side branches (laterals) unpruned so they can develop fruit buds in the second year.

    Remove strong shoots growing into the centre of the tree - aim for an overall 'goblet' shape.

    On old trees thin out any fruit bearing spurs that are congested to about 15cm/6" apart.

    and don't forget to clean your tools after use!

  • Patio Fruit trees

    Big flavour for small spaces

    There's nothing like picking fruit from your own tree - even in the smallest of spaces available - patio, balcony or small garden.

    We now have a selection of fruit trees in stock grown on 'dwarf' or 'patio' rootstock which controls their ultimate size.

    Apple varieties are grafted or budded on to M27 rootstock to achieve around only 6' or 1.8m high and still produce a good basketful of apples. Cherries are grafted on to Gisela 5 rootstocks and Pears onto Quince Eline.  Come and visit the nursery to see the selection, trees on other rootstocks are available as usual.

    Apples in stock include Charles Ross, Fiesta, Red Devil, Scrumptious and Winter Gem. We have dwarf cherries Celeste, Morello, Stardust and Stella; Pear Beth and Concorde; Peach Garden Lady and Terrace Amber. They are all £39.99 available in containers now.

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