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Ordered some plants via a newspaper offer on 2 April. They arrived in good condition on Wednesday 16 April.
Despite forebodings, everything is fine.
It is actually easier to put the leaves in plastic bags, make holes with a fork and then chuck them in a corner, out of sight, and leave them to turn into leaf mould; you will be disappointed with the yield as they rot down to almost nothing.
If you are really worried you can ask the Council Tree Officer to take a look. It is their job to advise especially if the tree has a TPO.
Michael, if you are going to look up every plant you might buy to check for adverse problems you will cut out very, very many plants.
I do think you are being too cautious.
If you Google 'Buying rootstock for fruit trees' two nurseries come up immediately. I'm sure there are more.
Though you should factor in the reason plants have leaves. Some gardeners cannot leave well alone and want to 'tidy' plants up. Why?
I grow them. Of course!!
Tomatoes are mainly self-fertile so it will not really be necessary to hand-pollinate them.
Leave them to do their own thing.
Forsythia. Cut out a third of the branches that have flowered, every year.
Growth follows the knife. It will bush out fine.