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Grow some fruit

by Diane - October 24th, 2012.
Filed under: Thompson and Morgan.

Everyone should be planting at least once fruit tree in their garden or in a tub on their patio.
By planting a tree you’ll provide yourself with free fruit for years to come. Trees need a little attention with some pruning once a year but that’s it!

Apple and Pear Family Collection – 2 trees – 1 of each variety
An entire orchard on just one tree! Family fruit trees have three different varieties grafted onto one stem, which will pollinate each other and crop at different times to extend the picking season. Perfect for the smaller garden with room for only one tree; and even suited to growing in a large patio container (holding at least 30 litres of compost). Apple rootstock: M106. Pear rootstock: Quince A. Height and spread if not containerised: 4m (13’). Collection comprises 1 family apple tree and 1 family pear. Harvest from September. Family apple tree varieties: Apple ‘James Grieve’, Apple ‘Discovery’, Apple ‘Sunset’, Pear ‘Conference’, Pear ‘Williams Bon Chretien’ and Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’.

Patio Fruit Collection – 3 trees – 1 of each variety
Imagine an orchard on your own patio! These fruit trees have been specifically for their dwarf habit making them ideal for growing in large containers on the patio.Collection comprises: Apple ‘Red Falstaff’ – Produces heavy crops of crunchy, juicy, red skinned apples with good resistance to scab. Height: 1.8m (5’,9″). Spread: 1.5m (4’,9″). Rootstock: M27. Nectarine ‘Necterella’ – Bred in California, Nectarine ‘Necterella’ is a genetically dwarf variety, making it ideal for growing in containers. Height and spread: 1.5m (5’) Rootstock: St. Julien.M, Peach ‘Bonanza’ – Each spring the trees are covered in a mass of pink blossom, followed by delicious full sized fruits. Height and spread: 1m (3’) Rootstock: St. Julien.

Plum ‘Full Season Collection’ – 3 maidens – 1 of each variety
Plums are delicious eaten fresh, or made into a plum crumble or jam. As supermarkets are reluctant to offer the best tasting varieties due to thin skins and bruising, growing your own is the best way to enjoy the real flavour that this fruit can offer. Plum ‘Full Season Collection’ are grafted onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock, to produce compact, productive trees. Although these varieties are all partially self fertile, when planted together they will aid pollination and increase yields between each other for an extended cropping period from July to September. Height and spread: 3.5m (11’). Rootstock: St. Julien A. Collection comprises 1 tree each of: Plum ‘Opal’, Plum ‘Victoria’ and Plum ‘Seneca’.

Plum/Cot Collection – 2 x 1 maiden trees
Collection includes: Aprium Cot ‘n’ Candy – This Amazing variety – it’s 2/3 apricot and 1/3 plum! The crunchy fruits, which look more like apricots than plums, have a lovely sweet flavour. Partially self fertile, it is best grown alongside an apricot for improved pollination and will then produce large, superb-tasting crops in early August. Pluot Purple Candy – The perfect partner to Aprium Cot ‘n’ Candy, this cross is 2/3 plum and 1/3 apricot! With the fragrant taste of an apricot and the juicyness of a plum, fruits are as large as a peach and deliciously flavoursome.

Cherry Collection – 3 maiden trees – 1 of each variety
A collection of delicious dessert and cooking cherries that can be harvested from mid July. Cherries make attractive trees both in flower or when laden with fruit. Grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock, to produce compact, productive cherry trees with good sized fruits. These cherry trees are well suited to growing in small spaces and 60cm (2’) diameter containers, or trained against a wall. The trees in this collection are all self-fertile and therefore do not require pollination companions close by. Height and spread: 2.5m (8’) Rootstock: Gisella 5/6. Collection comprises 1 tree each of: Cherry ‘Stella’, Cherry ‘Sunburst’ and Cherry ‘Crown Morello’.