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Do you have a printed catalogue?

No - We have thought about it, but not at the moment, as they way too expensive and somebody has to pay for it down the line. All of our stock can be viewed and purchased from our website which displays live ‘available’ quantities.

Are your trees grown in pear-free compost?

I assume you mean 'peat' free compost. And yes we confirm that peat is not used in any potted plants. All is made from green recycled with sharp sand/perlite added.

Which of your Leicestershire apple cultivars are best for a relatively exposed site on clay soils?

All of the Leicestershire apple trees are grown on MM106 rootstock, which is ideal for growing on clay soils. In fact all of our mother trees are on MM106 and are field grown in heavy clay.

Any variety is suitable for an exposed location.

Am I able to graft any apple scions to an M9 rootstock or are certain apple scions unsuitable? I’m planning a cider orchard for my allotment plot and looking to grow about 10 trees and 20 cordons (M27). Thank you for your advice

Hi - Yes you can graft any apple to any apple rootstock. Only watch out for excessively vigorous growers, like a Bramley being grafted onto any dwarfing rootstock. You will get a large swelling growth at the graft joint.


Hello, Please can you tell me if you have ever grafted a desert plum onto Prunus spinosa? If yes, please can you give me some information as to the result? Thank you for your help. Regards, Michele Bland.

Hi - Do you mean Desert plum (Prunus eremophila) or European Dessert plum (Prunus domestica). Either way we do not have any indepth experience.

But we do sell a Prunus spinosa rootstock called WUR766.

Please check out the following link

Is Persimmon o gosho a self pollinating variety? Would I need two or more different varieties to get fruit?

Hi - All persimmons bears fruit without pollination, but if you want seeds then you must have another.

Can fruit trees be grown in containers?

Yes - All fruit trees can be grown in pots as long as they are large enough. As far as the type of container, clay pots are heavy and stable. Plastic is durable, light and easier to manage, but they have a very short life, till they start cracking. For most fruit, choose pots 50-60cm in diameter. Pots are ideal for dwarfing rootstocks, but any semi dwarfing rootstocks will need potting up to a larger container or planting out into the ground.

Do you grow Espalier or Fan trained fruit trees?

No – We do not grow Espalier or Fan trained fruit trees. As they are very easy to train yourself.

Can you recommend a variety for me?

No - It is hard to recommend varieties as this is down to personal taste and each variety has its own unique taste. You can see in the best sellers our most popular varieties. Also the local weather conditions has an impact.

How can I make a donation to support your efforts.

Yes – There is a product called ‘donation’ which enables you donate.

Which is best, bare-root or potted trees?

Yes and No - Each has its own advantages:

A pot grown tree can be planted at any time of the year. They should start to fruit the following summer after planting. A Bare Root tree is grown in a field and can only be lifted and sent out during the winter months when dormant. They should not be allowed to fruit the first summer after planting.

What is the most popular apple variety we sell?

Without a doubt it is the.

How far apart should I plant my trees?

The basic rule is if you are going to grow a ‘traditional’ orchard, then whatever the ultimate height of your tree, will then also be your planting distance. For example M26 will grow to around 3 metres and so will need a planting distance of 3 metres, M27 will grow 1.8 metres and will need a planting distance of 1.8 metres.
But if you are growing your trees using a different training method ie cordons, then spacing is reduced. Something like 60cms between trees and 1.8m between rows is appropriate.

What do the pollination groups mean?

With the modern housing estates, the gardens are closer together and smaller. In which case it may be beneficial to have another tree planted in close proximity. If there are more older properties nearby, these tend to have larger gardens, and normally a fruit tree. In which case a pollinator is not required, providing there are enough bees about. The selected two varieties must be in the same pollination group or the adjoining group ie group 2 and 4 will pollinate group 3 as will any others in group 3. Some people use the A B C instead of 1 2 3. Some varieties are self-fertile.

What is a rootstock?

A rootstock is the portion of the tree that grows in the ground. Attached to it is the scion. It is the rootstock that determines the ultimate height that the tree will grow into, and also its suitability to soil conditions. The scion is the actual known variety being grown. This is an identical copy of its original mother tree.

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Are the apples small in size that grow on a dwarfing rootstock.?

No - The apples grow to normal size when grown on a dwarfing rootstock. Different rootstock do however have a marginal effect on fruit size.

How long before Bare root (Barerooted) trees produce fruit?

Generally, the taller an ultimate tree will be, increases the number of years for fruiting. Those grown on MM106 will take a couple of years to start producing a few apples. Maximum production will be over double that. But a M25 rootstock of a traditional orchard will start producing in about 5 years and maximum fruiting in over 10 years. Commercial growers do not now use M25 for that very reason.

How tall will the trees grow?

This is determined by the rootstock, soil type and variety
MM106 , Colt, St.Julien, Quince C – 12-15 feet ,4-5 metres
M25 – 25-30 feet 8-10 metres

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How long is your scion wood ?

We used to say that scion wood was approx 200mm long.

But that got a bit confusing as some varieties produce buds at shorter or longer internodal joints. So we now always offer scion wood with 6 buds. However for figs and grapes this would be 3 buds.

Scion wood diameter can vary enormously from 10mm to 3mm dependant on variety..




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