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Pear Tree Pollination
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Pollinating Pear Trees - Choosing a Partner  Use our easy pollination checking tool here. Many pear trees need to be cross-pollinated with another variety to make fruit. To help you choose the right trees to pollinate each other, we have put them into 4 groups in the colour coded tab...

Fruit Tree Harvesting
18 Jul 2016

How soon will my fruit tree crop?  Almost all fruit trees (apart from maidens) will try to bear fruit in the year they are planted and it is really tempting to let them do so. No need to list the reasons as they only make following this advice more difficult....don't. Instead, please do th...

Wire-trained fruit trees - espaliers, fans, stepovers
18 Jul 2016

What are espaliers and fans?  A popular and attractive way of growing a fruit tree other than as the usual trunk and crown is to lay them flat against a wall, a fence, between posts or over a frame. The plant is supported by wires and its growth is controlled by pruning it into a specific s...

Planting Fruit Trees (Video)
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Fruit Tree Planting Watch this step-by-step video - made here on the nursery - showing you how to plant  bush or half-standard sized fruit trees. The process is straightforward. The only difference between this and planting other trees is the attention that needs to paid to the graft, which...

Delivery Sizes & Shapes - Fruit Trees
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Fruit Tree Sizing & Shapes  The table below explains the delivery sizes of the fruit trees that we grow, like Apple, Pear, Plum or Cherry trees which are collectively known as "top fruit". You can buy Cordons (apples & pears only as crop sizes are too small on stone fruit such as...

Fruit Tree Pollination
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Pollination of Fruit Trees  The common fruit trees of Europe - apples, pears, cherries, plums and so on generally carry flowers that have male and female parts. For fruit to form, the female part (pistil) must receive pollen from the male part (stamen) of another flower preferably fro...

What happens if the ground is frozen before I can plant?
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

Introduction  The key point is this: Roots break easily if they are disturbed when they are frozen. This is important because: Almost all of a shrub or tree's food reserves are stored in the roots during winter. Breaking roots reduces the ability of the plant to establish. Broken roots ...

Planting & Pruning a Cordon Fruit Tree (Video)
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

How to plant a cordon fruit tree, and how to prune it as it grows Cordon fruit trees are usually apples and pears, as stone fruit such as plum and cherry don't develop the short fruiting spurs that cordon shapes need. The plants in this video are from our fruit trees for sale. Fruit trees are ...

Pruning a Maiden Fruit Tree After Planting (Video)
Julian Bosdari 18 Jul 2016

How to prune a maiden fruit tree in its first year into a bush sized or half-standard adult tree These videos apply equally to new trees with fruits containing pips (such as apples and pears) and those containing stones (such as plum and cherry). If you already have a two year old tree, go here....

What is a bareroot tree?
18 Jul 2016

But there is no soil around the roots!  Bareroot trees and plants are sometimes not that well understood. All bareroot means is that there is no soil around the roots of a plant when it is delivered. We are all familiar with some examples of bare root plants. For example almost all flower b...

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