Fruit Trees and Bushes
We have a wide selection of bare-root trees and plants available for collection from January onwards-pre ordering is welcome and advised.The actual date of availability is a variable however as it is weather dependant i.e the plants have to be fully dormant for lifting and also its impossible to left the plants in a very hard frost.
Large trees are impossible to post without suffering damage so are only available for collection or delivery within 30 miles at a cost of £10.00 plus v.a.t. per delivery.Smaller bushes and plants are available for posting.
Apples are the easiest fruit to grow and by choosing the right one, you’ll have a regular, abundant crop of tasty fruits, no matter how large or small your garden.
Will My Tree Produce Fruit ?
Yes. as long as long as the tree is pollinated (unless you have a self fertile variety) from a different cultivar that flowers at the same time in order to produce fruits. If you have a large enough garden, you can plant two different cultivars (pollination partners). But most gardeners do not have this luxury, so need to rely on pollen from a neighbouring apple tree. Self fertile varieties will produce without a another cultivar, however, they can be used to pollinate other non self fertile varieties.
How Do I Find A Pollination Partner ?
This is quite easy really. All trees are put into 4 groups according to there flowering period. Groups are A,B,C,D.
A tree will cross pollinate with trees in the same group and the groups immediately before and after it.
For example: If you buy a tree in group A you will need another variety from group A or one from group B.
If l have a group C tree it can be pollinated from a different variety from group C or one from groups B,and D.
Remember the trees do not have to be next to each other but within the neighbourhood.According to the International Bee Research Association.
"A: Honey bee foragers commonly fly up to four miles (6.5 km) to collect nectar and pollen from flowers, and can potentially cover 50 000 acres (20 000 hectares). It is estimated that it takes 10 million foraging trips to make the equivalent of one jar of honey (1lb or 454 g).www.ibra.org.uk/categories/faq". Hence the term busy as a bee !
So don't worry too much unless you live in a very isolated location with no gardens or orchards.