Zoomer44


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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:26

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's and as bramley is a reliable cropper have decided on this as the cooking variety to grow but it needs at least two other tree's to pollinate it according to info I've found on line. 

I know nothing about apples tree's and polination but have grasped, in order for some apple tree's to be pollinated they need other apple tree's growing close by and group 4 are recommended for bramley.

The same store has Gala, Cox Orange Pippin and Braeburn all group 4 tree's.

The Q is although it may sound silly - if I purchase two of these and plant the bramley in the middle would it be pollinated by bee's from pollen from these tree's?

... and being in the same group the two other tree's will be pollinated at the same time?    

Q- if I wanted to grow apple tree's from other groups would I always need two tree's of the same group?

The tree's are £10 each and alot to pay if they bear no fruit...

bizarre situation- what would you do?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 20:46

Good luck with your new plot...everything comes to the one who waits...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:05

Fruitcake - looks like you've been lucky and got a good site, on flat ground too. The patio table is a real bonus.

 It's an Aldin's cave with compost bins, gooseberry bushes and...black plastic...it's good to cover ground over after being dug until ready for planting - stops the weeds from growing .

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:39

There were ony a few bags of winter onions left in the GC last weekend GWRS,  I may have missed the boat.

ginagibbs -What a bargin.

I'm hopnig to go to the allotment Saturday and Sunday morning if the weather's dry. 

Wierd spider ID

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:18

MsG - your spider is most likely pregnant to, hence the big swollen body a spiders marking also become more defined at this time to ward of preditors.

Kilmarnock willow

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:07

Mines in a pot and they can do well in pots but remain quite small.

If it has become pot bound it will need potting up, you'll know when you tip it out, if there is more root than soil, pot up.    

 All good advise from above. Just to add if you do pot up, add a gravel mulch on the surface as this helps retain water in the compost during hot summers and mix some water retaining jelly with the fresh compost when potting up.

I'd be inclined to try and salvage it    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 19:49

I prefer to cover the ground in autumn with well rotted muck, compost or leaf mould and plan to put a layer of cardboard underneath this year.   

Couldn't decide whether to put in onions now or in the spring but tulips, dafs and some garlic has been planted out.

Me thinks we can have bonfires, I had a huge one when I got this second half plot, to clear it. A nieghbour did complain though, but she was ever so nice. Stopped me as I was going onto the allotments one day and asked that I knocked on her door in future to let her know I was having one, as she wouldn't put out her washing    

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:00

Nice plot GWRS.

We get horse muck delivered by the tonne. It usually needs a further six mths or so to rot down.

We've had a little rain today but the soil is really dry. 

dehydrating chilli peppers

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:26

I'm in the NW and start by drying chillies in the GH. I wait tilll they've mostly turned red on the plant cut it at the base and hang it upside down from the roof of the GH. When it seems we are not going to get any warm days the plant is brought indoors and hung upside down. At this stage chillies don't need sun but warmth to dry.

The chillies don't go crispy though but are dry and if put in dry jars, will keep up to 2 yrs. 

I don't understand why you don't have the time to let them dry naturally, please explain...

Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:02

Mary - What ever you decide to plant in a pot on your balcony if there are people living below be mindful when watering. 

The pot will need to stand in a tray if there are people living below so they don't get showered everyday. Gravel as a mulch in the top of your pot reduces evapouration meaning less watering.

Terracotta pots absorb water so better to use a pot which is unlikly to absorb water...plastic or similar might be better. 

I'd be inclined to mix water retaining jelly with the compost if the pot is in full sun, this helps to prevent the compost drying out and the need to water although on hot days you may still need to water daily.

Hope this is helpful, can't help with which tree to plant though...   

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