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Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:42

@Ryan - yes, a full one! I was so p*ssed off with the quality I saw in just 2 out of the 6 boxes that arrived, that I couldn't be bothered to unpack the rest, but just called them and got them to take the whole lot back. So much of the order was poor, but I was lured by the Gardeners' World Discount and also, it must be said, their lovely site. Best to order individual plants from specialist growers I think, if I can't find what I want in a garden centre. I guess I was a victim of my own impatience and wanted everything NOW!

@steephill - I had never even considered that - thank you! And now you mention it, I do already have a crab apple about 2m away from where the new tree would go, so that sounds perfect. I hadn't realised that self-fertile wasn't as reliable as they make it sound, nor that pears take longer to establish. Would I get apples this year from a 1.5m dwarf apple, or would it be next year now?

@Dove & Brum- why are they temperamental? What results are you getting from your Concorde so far Dove?

Can anyone recommend a good online nursery at all?


Thank you

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:36

thanks wish I'd googled 'non invasive types' but didn't have a clue back then...barrier sounds good though.

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:35


Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:16

Gary's right - what height are you aiming for? I have an evergreen Golden Bamboo (haven't got Latin name in front of me I'm afraid), which is tough as old boots and in a shady part of the garden, with only uppermost branches getting some sun afternoon.

Without lopping top off, it has grown to 7 feet in a year :-0 so it;s vigorous too and I do need to contain it, but you can be very harsh with it.

It only ever flops when it's covered in snow or pelting with rain - otherwise very erect I'd say and lovely fresh green in Spring.

It does like a LOT of moisture and probably a heavier soil too, as my plot is.

I also have ferns undergrwoing mine.

Be aware though - this variety does spread - every autumn I dig a shallow trench around the base and cut any side roots that are trying to find their way into the garden - otherwise these can send up shoots and turn into new plants!

Sorry i only have the one photo - it's the plant immediately right of the shed


Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:01

Thanks Ryan - sounds great, especially the price, but I just had a really bad experience with Crocus on £200 worth of plants which arrived mainly squashed/dead or with nothing in the pots!

Not sure I want to give them another try...



Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:59

Wow Spewy - what an exciting project! The kind of scenario most gardeners would fall over themselves getting their teeth into!

Some brilliant advice on her too, from people much more experienced thatn me - will only add my bit by saying that waiting is the key - you'll be amazed what pops up or comes alive over the next few weeks, which you thought was a goner

As you start identifying, you can then get a feel for what needs pruning and when.

Mature shrubs are a great starting point for a novice gardener, as they can be tough old plants which can take the odd cutter-happy episode without keeling over

Please do keep posting as leaves emerge, so we all can help you more!

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:54

The plot is on heavy but free draining soil, with little else to disturb it.

Some first east sun and then west sun too.

Only space for 1 tree and ideally grafted onto a short trunk, as garden is small!

Especially looking for a good cooking and eating apple, or just a very good eating pear.

Favourites are Cox's Orange Pippin and Conference Pear.

Keeping times not important as house too small to store fruit.

Are the blossoms especailly pretty or certain types of tree?

Are certain varieties really disease resistant? Worth going for an RHS merit tree?

Has anyone had particularly good or bad experiences with online tree nurseries, selling this sort of stock?

Thank you for all your advice - I am a total fruit tree novice




Posted: 22/03/2013 at 22:55
Which is a good hosta nursery then? Trying to get hold of a sieboldiana ?spelling! I think that's the one with large, almost grey green corrugated leaves...

cant write messages

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:21

I don't have problems with the main GW site, but I don't receive PM properly. I get the alert telling me that I have a message in inbox, but when I click to go into inbox, it's ll blank. From my parents' PC I can access everything. At home, I have an iMac. I'm wondering if some parts of the site are not Mac compatible???

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:16

One day on, one day off, as someone else said higher up, here in N19 London - fed up with it! Had about 4 days of Spring last week, then that vanished and has been replaced by rain, cold and wind. WHAT is going on this year? is it just me, or has this Winter felt waaaay too long?

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