Questions & Answers

On this page we will answer a number of often asked questions. These will be added to over time.

When are trees & bushes available?

They are supplied over the winter bare rooted when dormant from late November onwards, the best time for planting.

If you supply trees over the winter when is the best time to order?

September onwards in the autumn is best. We aim to arrange delivery or collection of earliest orders first from late November onwards so ordering in the autumn ensures supply. However we always supply a wide selection through the winter, but some popular varieties do sell out.

What size are the trees?

They do vary. We supply mostly one year ‘maiden’ trees. Apples, Cherries & Pears depending on variety can be 90cm- 1.8m (3-6′) tall. Quinces usually about 1.8m (6′). Plums & damsons depeding on variety can be taller up to 2.4m (8′). When delivering taller trees we have to reduce them a little to fit in 1.8m (6′) long cartons. They will benefit from being reduced further after planting.

Do you grow older trees?

We usually have some unsold ‘maiden’ Apple & Pear trees. These are allowed to grow on for a summer to become two year trees. They will be detailed in the Rootstock drop down box for each variety if available.

Do you grow trees in containers?

Not really. Being organic we grow trees in soil. We grow just a few bush and espalier trees in containers for shows in the autumn and as examples.

There is a lot of choice. Can I sample some fruits?

Yes, we put together a wide display of mostly apples, many for sampling, during September & October. It is difficult to include many pears beause of their storage requirements. Plums fruit earlier and will not keep. Look out for Apple days in your area. They will often have lots of varieties to sample.

Receiving Trees

Do I have to plant my trees soon as I receive them?

We advise planting within two or three days of receiving (or collecting). They will arrive in a cardboard carton with damp roots inside a polythene bag. Immediately place the carton out of the sun and wind. They will be alright like this up to 2/3 days, but try to plant ASAP.

To prepare mark and clear the site to be planted, have compost / soil improver / stake(s) on site if using. Do not dig holes in advance to save time, if it rains the hole may act as a sump and become very messy.

Do I have to be in to receive my trees?

No. If you can describe a safe place, we can ask the carrier to leave it there.

Growing

I would like to grow fruit trees along a wall or fence. What varieties are suitable for this?

Apples and Pears can be grown as cordons or espaliers. Plums and Cherries are usually grown as fans, which is a little more intricate.

Most of the apples we supply are spur bearers and are ideal for this type of training. A few are tip bearing or partial tip bearers ie Worcester Pearmain and will not fruit or will bear a reduced amount of fruit because of the pruning that has to be done in late summer. The suitability of each variety for cordons or espaliers is detailed in the catalogue in ‘further details’ on each variety.

For apples select rootstock MM106 or M26 for more restricted sites.

The Pear, Plum & Cherry varieties are all alright for restricted training

Grafting Service

We offer a grafting service. If you wish to propagate fruit tree – perhaps an old tree is declining, you wish a variety that we do not grow, an existing tree is special and you would like another – we may well be able to help.

Grafting is done late February / early March with successful trees being available from October / November onwards. The cost is £25 per tree, £12.50 on grafting and the balance on collection. It is more expensive than our usual trees because of the individual nature of the work.

If you are interested please contact us by phone or e-mail to discuss, we can send or e-mail further details and place you on a list to be contacted near grafting time.