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Digindeep

Fruit trees

Thanks to Sandrar sending me the book, The Fruit Expert by Dr. Hessayon.

I've spent quite awhile over the past couple of weeks sourcing apple, pear trees.
So far found  suppliers for first year whips 6-8 each and for 2-3 year trees at 10-12 each with 3-5 branches on each. All are bare rooted on M9...

My thoughts being better priced than pot grown from garden centres and catalogues at 20-30 each albeit they are pot grown.

Any advice or opinions welcome...
LadySlip

I can't find anything at that sort of money Diggers   even bare rooted am still after a couple of the blush cherry trees and pear and apple but at 24 a pop is a bit of a non starter atm....plenty of other stuff on the go
Christine

Trees are a hard buy and your local garden centre is rarely if ever the place. The local good supplier has now changed hands - must visit it for the new owners but the retired bloke was a gem who knew more about growing than your average good standard book.
Digindeep

Luck or not?...Called into Asda of all places whilst out earlier...

Big box outside full of Elstar apple trees, 6.00 each, 4-5 ft tall....

That's the first two,,

To my novice eye they look good, 2-3 year old, average 5 branches...for that money I thought why not.

Plant and see....
Christine

So long as they haven't been there too long and you heft them in with plenty of muck and compost, you have a chance I'd say. So long as it's not your total pension you've spent for the week .....      
sod

We had a good find some years ago a local orchard was pulling trees out. This sounds crazy but they had been grown on weed matting so shallow rooting, We bought 10 mixed pear and apple and planted them. Great as mature trees and fruit well each year. Cost $20 each bare rooted as just lifted out of ground  
Digindeep

After struggling for the past couple of days since buying the fruit trees, today I may finally be able to plant them.

For the past couple of days they have been soaking in buckets of water, so I hope they will be okay.

The embankment I'm hoping to plant them on, has turned out to be almost solid clay, with very little top soil. Added to this absolutely full of roots from brambles. All good fun- not!

So the aim today is dig out larger than usual trench/ hole to plant them in, filling with loads of compost with a good deal of well rotted manure mixed in, then topping of with some top soil.

Best laid plans and all that, springs to mind....  
horace

That sounds like it could be a bit of hard going all the best with it
Christine

Yeah that sounds a familiar story    

It's the life of a gardener innit? Mind you clay is supposed to be fertile soil so all is not lost. You'll need many years of top dressing that bank with manure and top soil and fertiliser (and then working it in) if my experience of planting trees on pure clay is anything to work with. Enjoy (or not as the muscles dictate).
Digindeep

As said, the life of a gardener, we will overcome, in time  
cold comfort farm

Aldi are selling them for around 3 and Tesco 8  how can either make money on that.
Digindeep

To be honest CCF, do I really care if they make money...  

Joking apart, no I don't know how they make their money out of such products. They must surely sell them as lost leaders.

As all I use these type of stores for is to buy a few discount beers, rummage around for the odd bargain...it certainly suits my pocket these days, when I find 20-30 trees for these type of prices.
Will add you need to check them out before buying and at least ask when they came into the store.
Christine

Digindeep wrote:
As said, the life of a gardener, we will overcome, in time

Nah the song goes We will overcome some day   Just don't say which day .....
Digindeep

Christine wrote:
Digindeep wrote:
As said, the life of a gardener, we will overcome, in time

Nah the song goes We will overcome some day Just don't say which day .....



I've been Seeking that day for many a year no.....
Lorrainelovesplants

I was on a grafting course on Sunday.  Well worth it.

Rootstocks at 2.50 each, took my own scions, so with the cost of the event (17) I got 5 'trees' very cheap...
They are now in pots in the poly to try and bring them on.
2 Tom Putt, 1 unknown dessert from a friend, 1 Orleans Reinette and 1 Pear apple.
Digindeep

Now that sounds a great day out, something I could do with looking into...
Chibi

I've just grown my own avocado pear tree. It's surprised n end! At present it is about 4 inches high. It's in a pot next to a Horse chestnut tree which, two trees in one pot is not good.  

I don't have a garden, so totally do not know what to do with this avocado. I'm wholly surprised it even grew!

Helpppppp!!!!!
sod

Chibi wrote:
I've just grown my own avocado pear tree. It's surprised n end! At present it is about 4 inches high. It's in a pot next to a Horse chestnut tree which, two trees in one pot is not good.

I don't have a garden, so totally do not know what to do with this avocado. I'm wholly surprised it even grew!

Helpppppp!!!!!


Great, Jean has grown a few  avocado ones too make lovely house plant as ours are 4-5years old and about 1m high still in big bucket pot  looks great. Well done you   I will take photo and put up as just found out there are 6 growing in there   and another thing that was in the pot first.

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