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17/07/2014 at 18:23

What's the best fruit tree to grow in a pot in the garden apart from apples?  The garden is 550' above sea level and it can catch the wind a lot.  It is in Cornwall and we don't get the frosts and very cold weather that some other parts of the uk get.  We're inland from the sea and so there shouldn't be any salt in the air.

17/07/2014 at 19:22

Try a peach tree but try and keep it out of the wind.


17/07/2014 at 19:24

I thought it might be too exposed for a peach tree but I'll read up on them.  I love peaches.

17/07/2014 at 19:42

You can get dwarf peach trees which fruit very well, fruit not quite full size but bigger than you'd expect from a 5ft tree.  My son has one in a windy garden in York, only 2ft tall but around 10 fruit on it.  Might be easier to site out of the wind than a big tree.  Or an apricot?  (Also available as a dwarf.)

17/07/2014 at 21:01

I thought apricots needed winter protection as well but I do love the fruit. I was wondering if a pear would do well. 

17/07/2014 at 21:34

..when I lived in Cornwall... near St Austell - I grew a Fig in a container... one called 'White Marseilles'... I got some nice fruit on it as I remember but I moved to a colder area and left it behind...

17/07/2014 at 21:42

I live near St Austell. 

17/07/2014 at 21:44

Actually, peaches & apricots fruit ok a long way further north than you'd think!  I used to work in a garden in Northumberland with (full sized) peach and apricot trees, trained on SW and SE-facing walls.  Peach produced 50-something ripe fruit one year, apricot quite a few (though the mice loved them!).  You just need the right varieties.

17/07/2014 at 21:50's funny but I had a feeling you did... in some ways I'm sorry I moved away but needs must.... you know... things happen...  it's much busier there now than it used to be I think...the last time I visited... lots of road building going on etc... but I'm from Falmouth originally... in East Anglia...warmer summers but much,...much....colder

..I used to grow roses in Cornwall....loads of them..all different kinds... plus the usual Cornish shrubs that everyone grows... I used to visit Burncoose nursery down near Redruth, Duchy of Cornwall nursery near Luxulyan... amongst others... and mail you couldn't get many roses there, in those days..

...I liked the way you could just more or less buy whatever plant you fancied without having to worry too much about its hardiness....within reason of course... never tried

17/07/2014 at 22:37

I would avoid pears Jillity - they prefer sheltered conditions and can be finicky at the best of times!

The OrangePippin site has some good advice:

Reads Nursery are also excellent and I'm sure if you contacted a specialist supplier like these they would be happy to give advice specific to your location and garden aspect.

18/07/2014 at 07:37

That site is really helpful.  I'd forgotten about damsons but there's a great article about them on the site.  I know they grow in Cornwall and in windy situations so I think this is what I'll go for.

18/07/2014 at 13:00

And I've just rmembered the wild plum.  When I was visiting family in Bewdley in Worcestershire there were lots of fruit trees growing wild by the river.  I picked up some of the fruit and asked in the local farm shop if they could identify it.  The man in the shop bit into the fruit without any hesitation and said, "That's a wild plum."  The fruit was delicious.  It must have been a kind of cherry plum but I don't know what sort.  The fruits were yellowish red and quite small. 

18/07/2014 at 19:26

You'll need a large pot to grow plums - there isn't as much choice due to a limited number of dwarfing rootstocks.  Try googling for "patio plum" to see the sort of thing available which might be suitable.

19/07/2014 at 06:19

Thanks Bob.  It needs to be the tougher wild plum on a dwarf rootstock or a damson tree.  I think the damson may be the better bet as you can get these on rootstocks that are suitable for pots.  The only reason I'm putting it in a pot is because we have ponticum nearby and some trees and bushes won't survive around it.  I'd like to get rid of it but my husband likes it.

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