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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 23:30

I did a reca this morning of local stores/GC's.

Went with Victoria plum, I've a mature tree on another plot which produced a mega crop this year.

Purchased Cox and Braeburn, along with bramley and all three planted out this afternoon...

Whilst on the reca for fruit tree's purchased a Jostaberry bush Never heard of one before...cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant...

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:50

I'm also purchasing a Victoria Plum and was going to plant the tree's in a row across the plot.

Planting a plum tree along side apple tree's won't make any difference will it or should it be planted in a different part of the plot? 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 20:45

Thanks pansyface. The store are saving a bramley and gala for me till tomorrow and hopefully the Braeburn won't have been sold. I could do a reca of other stores in the morning before collecting but think it unlikely any will have a James Grieves at such a good price, it's noted to do well in the north though.

I've got Pomana fruits autumn catalogue to look through, it's been like a bible trying to decide what to get, James Greives is in there.

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    

 

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