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Hi, i would love to grow some fruit trees but i have a very small space available, as most of garden taken up by dogs and kids . I really would like a eating apple not cooking tree and a plum tree can anyone recomend any. Thaml you.


Hi Sunnysarah, great idea and so easy,weve just planted eaters cookers gauges,and much more, the secret is to tell the supplier what room you have and what you want,find an apple you like and ask the supplier what he has, that one or closest to that taste, he will then make the choice according to the root stock its on, this rootstock decides the size of the tree its all very simple ,let them advise you,   what area do you live in.

hi iv had a mini plum tree for 2years now in a large tub but I feel that I need to change the soil in it any suggestions and also what kind of spray the tree with




Sorry Sarah cant help with Oxfordshire ,so get a local good nursery and talk to someone there perhaps the owner is best,good luck.

Why not try an espalier .. these are apple trees trained in a 'fan' shape and are ideal for growing against a fence or wall.

I have 3, Coxs,James Grieve and Worcester Pearmain.

The James Grieve has a divine flavour and is superior to any shop bought apple.  the drawback is that the apples don't keep ad really need to be eaten straight away.



Been doing a bit of research and looks like i need rootstock m27 for a good small compact tree. 



That's correct plant in tub or garden, cox apple good taste and keeps well, Victoria plum very popular and very sweet. Both give good crop and easy to grow.  AL

thank you allan4711 iv had a look but it did not tell me what kind of spray to use to protect against bugs

Jim Macd

You could have any apple or plum tree you like but make sure it's on a dwarf root stock. If you want them in pots the go for Aplle mm106 or m9 rootstock and plum should be okay on St Julian A. In the garden you could go for Apple M27 or Pixie. Blackmoor trees and Adams Apple Trees have lots of choices but hurry or you'll miss out on bare root stock cheap prices.

Don't buy a Cox, yes, it's a good apple but not good for home growers. There's so many to choose from it all comes down to personal tase but Kids Orange Red is a very good cropper. The ideal tree will depend on what you want and where it will be grown and how you want to manage the tree. You'll need to do your homework. Look at the websites above and Orange Pippin Trees for lots of information.

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thank you allan4711 iv had a look but it did not tell me what kind of spray to use to protect against bugs

What sort of bugs?  


If you only have room for one tree you could try a family tree. I have a one from blackmoor with 3 different eating varieties grafted onto it. 

Been in the garden 2 years and already getting fruit from it

For plums i personally don't think you can beat Victoria but maybe that's just me. great off the branch, cooked or in jam


If you are only having one apple tree, you need to make sure there is a suitable pollinator nearby. Otherwise a family tree with three compatible varieties on might be a better option.Victoria plums are self fertile and can be grown on their own.

we have apple scrumptious and they are very good for small garden.


Steve 309

If you're short of space I'd definitely go for a fan, espalier or cordons trained against a wall, west-facing for preference.  Having done it in the last couple of years I reckon espalier training (probably the most productive for apples)  isn't as difficut as it's made out to be.

If you go for a family tree I'd be interested to hear how you get on in a few years, as I've been advised against it - one variety tends to dominate the other(s), or so I'm told.

I think fans are recommended for plums, but I have no real experience of it.

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