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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 23rd, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

pear - double U cordon
pear – double U cordon £89.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: slow-growingFlowering period: AprilFlower colour: pure whiteOther features: juicy, tender fleshed pearsHardiness: fully hardyPollination Group: B – flowering mid seasonRegarded by many to be one of the best dessert pears, it produces medium to large, juicy fruits with tender flesh that are ready to harvest from early autumn. This is a hardy cultivar that has some resistance to scab.This pear tree has been grown specifically in a double U cordon shape, which makes it easier to pick and is great for growing against walls, garden dividers or as screening. These trees have been grown for a substantial number of years to form this lovely shape. Garden care: Pears naturally shed a small quantity of the developing fruits in midsummer. After this has occurred thin out the remaining pears, leaving one pear per cluster. Add a high-nitrogen feed in spring.The trees are 90cm wide at the widest point (between the top two U’s) and are about 1.3m tall.Pollination Information: This pear belongs to pollination group B, so you will need need to plant one other different variety of pear to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally this should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use one from group A or C as well.Please note that as we grow these trees especially for you, we need to take full payment when you place your order so as to reserve stock for you. The trees will then be despatched to you during November. If you want other items on your order delivered before hand, select split delivery in the wheelbarrow when placing your order.

Japanese apricot
Japanese apricot £29.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, well-drained fertile soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: February to MarchFlower colour: dark pinkOther features: edible but bitter, yellow fruitsHardiness: fully hardyThis small deciduous tree is perfect for smaller gardens and will also thrive in large containers as long as it is kept well fed and watered. It has shrubby growth and in late winter and early spring dark pink, bowl-shaped flowers appear on the bare stems. These are followed by hairy, yellow fruits that are edible but not particularly tasty as they are sour.Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.
butterfly bush
butterfly bush £8.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (it may need protection in winter)At the ends of the slender, arching stems, curved, dark violet flowers form nodding, tapering panicles that emit a delicate scent and act as a magnet to butterflies. This vase-shaped, deciduous shrub also boasts handsome, dark green leaves throughout the warmer months, so it works well towards the back of a mixed shrub border. Alternatively train it against a sunny, south-facing wall where it will appreciate the added protection in winter. Garden care: Prune back hard in March, removing all of the previous year’s growth to three or four buds.