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Having a apple tree overhanging into our garden I agree they are lovely this time of year its branches are a bit all over the place but the fruit last year tasted like nothing you could buy,just to go down the garden and pick them after watching them grow all summer is great.I have planted 2 fruit trees last year in half barrels one a necterine and one a cherry.
I have a beautiful young apple tree in my garden which is currently in full bloom. The only thing is, I don't know whether it's a male or female. How can I find out? Many thanks
I have just bought an espalier apple tree, which I am hoping to keep in a large container. I only have a small garden so this method is ideal. Has anyone any experience of this type of growing as I would be grateful for any advice, being a novice but enthusiastic gardener.
I moved here with my family in 1975, one apple tree was demolish and the other cut down and this quickly grew again I have had many years of beautiful blossom on this tree such a delight the fruits no good but what the matter.


My apple trees haven't blossomed this year. Why? they did well last year and look healthy.
Just reading Penske666 blog on tree sizes,I have no idea on that for the two I planted in my half barrels,my trees came from a supermarket,but being in barrels I don't think I will finish up with monsters.I was also interested in the contents of Ian's blog on male and female trees,I have seen this information on some plants but never noticed it on fruit trees but I think one of my trees had on self pollinating could this be? I've never had fruit trees before.One thing I have bought this past week female is my cucumber plant,so does this mean you can get male ones?if thats not a silly question.
I'm puzzled about Monty Don too. Carol Klein talks about him as if he's dead. What's happened?
I have a Bramley that I bought about 30 years ago as a weeny stem. It's now more than 20 ft. across and goodness knows how high, but keeps me in amazing apples throughout the year (after I've given bagloads away). They certainly earn their keep!
If you're short of space I can recommend growing minarette (narrow vertical) fruit trees. If you purchase from a reputable supplier you get care and pruning instructions supplied with them. I have 2 apple varieties, 2 plum and 2 pear trees.
My apple tree has developed a white powdery fungus on some of the branches. Notice ants running up trunk. Any ideas how to treat?
We have both Afal Nant Gwretheryn (Hidden Village Golden Russet)and Afal Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island)apple trees growing now into their second year in our front garden.

When we purchased the trees, we were advised to rub the fruit out in the first year no matter how tempting it was to leave, as fruit on one year old wood can exhaust the tree.

So having done this and now we are successfully into our second year of apple tree growing, we are a little lost as to what to do next with fruit?!Do we rub out all fruit again? Do we just thin fruit out? Do we leave the fruit? How long does rubbing out or thinning go on for? If anyone can provide some sage advice it would be very much appreciated.

hi, i too have an apple tree that has developed a white powdery fungus on some of the branches. Notice ants running up trunk and put powder at the base of the tree but it hasn't done any good! Any ideas how to treat it?
I'm sure by now most people will have heard or read that Monty D has had a stroke. I'm sure I can speak for most people by wishing him a speedy recovery and good health in the future.
I have just bought two apple trees for the princely sum of £9.98.(for both) I am hoping to train them along wires to provide a productive screen between me and next door. (If they live that is!) Having read some of the above comments I'm not so sure I have done the right thing it all sounds a bit complicated. (Rubbing out fruit?) I had thought it was buy tree, plant it, wait and then bingo apples!!!We'll see.


This weeks show showed the japanese coriander i cant find this plant anywhere cna some one help?
My son planted an apple seed 4 years ago and much to our amazement it has grown to over 7 feet high and takes pride of place in our garden. It has never flowered though and our son, now 6, is getting a little frustrated! Can anyone help me understand why it fails to flower but is otherwise very healthy.
We have had white fluffy patches on our apple tree trunk for years and it has quite disfigured it. Nothing has seemed to work (not that we tried very hard) until last year the local woodpecker family decided to get to work and cleaned the lot up. Now we are waiting to see whether they will do the same this year.
Our son sowed an apple seed 9 years ago and hasnt flowered any ideas when it might. our new apple tree this spring a discovery is looking good but our new victoria plum got the frost can someone reassure me it will be ok next year one half of it has no leaves!
I have two mature apple trees in my garden, one eater and one Bramley. Has anyone got any suggestions for preventing paraqueets eating the lot? Nothing seems to frighten them and each year their numbers are growing. They seem to be birds with attitude. Some of them stare straight into my face whilst I wave my hands about like crazy trying to get them to move on.