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Fruit Tree Advice

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Buying Apple Trees
18 Jul 2016

Thinking about buying apple trees  Location, location Funnily enough we would suggest that the first consideration when buying an apple tree is location. Where you plant it impacts culture, size and variety. In an orchard setting you are likely to have free standing trees. Typic...

Growing Cordon Fruit Trees
18 Jul 2016

Growing Fruit Trees as Cordons  There are a number of reasons why cordon fruit trees are an attractive proposition. They take up far less space than any other fruit tree form and so allow you to grow a much larger range of varieties in a restricted space. They are easy to keep in shape and ...

Apple Tree Facts
18 Jul 2016

Facts About Apple Trees - Malus domestica  Our climate is ideal for growing apple trees.  They like well drained, fertile soil and grow inland at altitudes up to about 800-900 feet (250-300 metres+). The trees will grow at much higher altitudes, but the pollinators in the UK strug...

Cider Apple Chemistry
18 Jul 2016

Anatomy of a good cider apple  What makes the best cider apple should really occupy you if you are planting an orchard from scratch and you want to make good cider. It makes sense to buy apple trees that produce fruit fit for purpose. The reality is that you could make cider out of any app...

Importance of cider apple tannin and acid
18 Jul 2016

What do Tannin and Acidity do in Cider Making?  Tannin is found in the stems, seeds and skins of many fruits including apples. It is a natural preservative and so critically influences the ageing process of cider (as well as wine, leather and other products). High tannin ciders have a longe...

Cider making Equipment
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

A cider maker's checklist  You can buy cider apple trees and plant them and love them and pick their apples but to make cider you will also need to beg, borrow, steal, make or buy a few material possessions: A crusher to pulp your crop (you will get bored of chopping them up with a knife...

Making your own Cider
18 Jul 2016

Why Make your own Cider?  Read simple instructions for brewing cider here. There are three principal reasons for making your own cider. Environmental. The vast majority of old cider apple trees have all but disappeared, with less than a dozen varieties remaining in large scale cultivation...

Maiden Fruit Trees
18 Jul 2016

What is a Maiden Fruit Tree?  Buying Maiden Fruit Trees: All our bareroot fruit trees are available as Maidens and most are also sold in larger sizes. To see which trees are grown on which rootstocks have a look at our page on fruit tree rootstocks. A maiden is a single stemmed young ...

Cordon Fruit Trees
18 Jul 2016

What is a Cordon Fruit Tree?  Cordon fruit trees are single stemmed fruit trees pruned to create a close framework of stubby fruiting branches. They are ideal for growing in small spaces and/or against walls and fences. For detailed instructions have a look at our note on how to grow a cord...

Half Standard Fruit Trees
18 Jul 2016

What is a Half-Standard Fruit Tree?  Half-standard is just one of a number of sizes in which you can buy fruit trees in the UK. These "sizes" mainly relate to their finished shape. Pretty obviously there is no point in buying an espaliered apple and trying to grow it into a 'normal' lollip...

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