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Advice needed, fruit trees in containers

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:38

Yes I would add bone meal to your compost mix and micorhizal fungi to the roots when planting to get it established quicker. Good luck with your apple trees and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Advice needed, fruit trees in containers

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 14:20

I would start with a 35 litre pot with your M26 apple trees (I'm guessing they are 1 year old maidens or 2 year old trees?). You can always pot on in a year or two. You can buy black plastic pots off ebay which come with handles which allows you to move them a bit more easily.

They should be fairly stable if filled with John Innes No 3 and if you want a little more stability then you could partially bury the pot into the ground.

I grow apples on M26 and M27 (along with M9 and MM102) and I wouldn't grow M27 apples in a pot to be honest, it's quite a weak grower and I would tend to agree more with what the RHS website suggests (M26)

Keeping it in a pot will restrict the growth and with a decent pruning regime you can keep the tree well within bounds - plenty of summer pruning once your framework is established. Discovery is a partial tip bearer but not to the same extent as say a Worcester Pearmain and will still produce plenty of fruiting spurs. Scrumptious is a good apple.

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:12

I think you may struggle to meet all the criteria that you are after, no rose that I know will keep it's foliage in winter, you may get a few leaves that stick around but they look rather untidy to be honest. I can't think of any white roses that would take shade (that I have grown) but Madame Legras de St Germain will take a bit of shade. It's white, but doesn't repeat flower, still a wonderful rose while it lasts. Oh and it's thornless (well almost).

Another great rose I grow on an east facing wall is Zephirine Drouhin, again thornless, it repeat flowers and the perfume is fantastic. People say it can have disease problems but I've never found this to be true.


I know you say your garden is north facing but is there any where you could put your roses in full sun....that way you would have a far greater choice (but still no evergreen roses)

Fruit tree as gift - advice please!

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 12:40

Have you considered a family apple tree with three different varieties grafted onto one tree? Quite apt really for a wedding anniversary gift. Blackmoor do one with Disvovery, James Grieve and Sunset grafted onto M26 rootstock which would do well in your part of the country.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 12:16

Extra virgin olive oil perhap?



Posted: 14/08/2013 at 12:49

If you were watering with tap water that could have had an effect. Trouble with having to water with rain water with plants like these is that water butts don't have a never ending supply of water in dry weather.

Plum tree pruning advice

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 12:28

Personally, looking at what you have, I would use a longer stake, say around 6-8 ft tall and straighten and tie the leader to this and train your plum tree as a pyramid. It's a good way to grow plums and there are plenty of sites on the internet which can go into great detail about this training technique.

The RHS is a good place to start....


Uneven lawn

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 13:45

A roller might work for small bumps and lumps, but if they are large then you may want to consider filling dips in with top soil, gradually, so your grass can slowing grow through it. Or lift the turf where the level is most affected and either skim the soil surface level or fill in with top soil and relay your turf. Quite a lot of effort but you can do it a bit at a time.

apple tree

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 10:37

Topaz might just fit the bill, it's a relatively new variety from the Czech Republic.

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