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17/08/2013 at 21:01
  • Hi, i would like to plant a few fruit trees in my garden. However we have very chalky soil and we only want trees that will grow to approximate 2-2.5 metres.

any advice to a poor, ignorant wannabe gardener ?

17/08/2013 at 21:58

If your soil is really bad you could always frow fruit trees in pots. Apples, pears, plums, peaches, figs, cherries....

17/08/2013 at 22:20

Normally, you would look for trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks - the maximum height they will grow to is usually quoted.  However, poor soils will cause dwarfing of normal rootstocks, so it is difficult to say what will work for your particular soil.   'Family' dwarf fruit tree are also available which have 2 or 3 types of a particular fruit grafted onto one trunk.  Those are useful because the varieties chosen for grafting usualy cross-pollinate each other, something you need to ensure as many fruit trees require a pollination partner to crop well;  Good suppliers will have information on which types of (say, apple) will blossom at the same time, so pollinate each other.

Growing in large pots is a good alternative, as waterbutts suggests.

Have a search for fruit tree nurseries in your area - there really is nothing better than local knowledge of what grows well there.

18/08/2013 at 16:53

Thank you so much for your advice....x


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