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my first apple tree

Post: #251944 sammyh
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:11 pm

feel like doing something pagan!! Have planted my first apple tree courtesty of a growing project from the london wildlife trust. It's a falstaff on a dwarf root stock. I've always wanted one and grew up with apple trees at the bottom of out garden in suburban Pinner. I've just plonked it in the ground and kinda can't believe that's it!

Happy happy happy!!

now i'd really like cherry tree but need it tiny as have v.small garden- does anyone recomend any- I'm a little confused with the different sorts

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #251996 gray_bale
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:12 pm

Its not the type of cherry (or variety) its the rootstock its grown upon, you need to be concerned about in a small garden.

Most are grown on Colt or Gisela5 rootstocks. There are others but they are not widely available.

Colt will produce a tree up to 3m to 5m ish tall, whereas a Gisela5 will be about 3m max. Obviously dependent on soil types and feeding etc.

Gisela trees will cost more as they are patented.

Then its up to you to sort what variety suits your area and needs.
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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252001 Thomzo
Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:14 pm

How exciting, new fruit trees are so exciting.

I've never tried them but some of the larger plant catalogue companies sell what they call 'patio' cherries that can, apparently, be grown in pots.

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252018 sammyh
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:23 pm

Thanks- it's like the apple tree then as it's on a dwarf root stock. I'll have another look and go for it.

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252020 oldjerry
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:29 pm

Frank Thomas in Tenbury Wells can supply whatever you want,if you call,ask for Steve,they will advise\no pressure\nice people,no connections to me,if they aint got it they won't just flog you anything.

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252021 oldjerry
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:30 pm

Frank Thomas in Tenbury Wells can supply whatever you want,if you call,ask for Steve,they will advise\no pressure\nice people,no connections to me,if they aint got it they won't just flog you anything.

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252055 sammyh
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:00 pm

thanks for that nice to get a recomendation

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252067 gray_bale
Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:23 pm

Hi there - Do you mean Frank Matthews in Tenbury Wells ?? as he is wholesale only. He supplies 'Trees for Life' as his trade mark and supplies throu garden centers.
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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252683 bill1953
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:22 pm

I bought three pot fruit trees for my old place which only had a courtyard. Two apple and one pear. The pear hasn't done so well, but the apples produced fruit in their first year and last year did well.
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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252703 oldjerry
Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:23 pm

Sorry,but Frank Thomas may only advertise as wholesale growers,but they have a decent size retail section,you just have to turn up.(and as I suggested ask for Steve).I was last there a couple of weeks ago.(if visiting over the next 10 weeks,forget the sat nav. Tenbury bridge is shut for repairs,absolute nightmare.)

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #252707 Davie Crockett
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:04 pm

Sammyh said:
It's a falstaff on a dwarf root stock. I've always wanted one and grew up with apple trees at the bottom of out garden in suburban Pinner. I've just plonked it in the ground and kinda can't believe that's it!


I planted a Red Falstaff last year (Loaded with flowers) and it yielded a whopping 8lb of fruit! considering it's a 5ft tall 3/4inch diameter twig grafted into dwarf rootstock, I was really impressed as I'd expected the crop to fail after being transplanted. Nice tasty apples too!

Here's a useful site for deciding on rootstock to use: http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/fruit-tree-rootstock-tree-sizes

They do supply the trees too, but you have to download the form and send it back to them (no web purchase facility). They also ask that you can guarantee being at home to accept the delivery as they deliver on small pallets.

(I noticed that they do cherries on Gisela5 rootstock too). Click on each variety to see the options: http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/cherry-trees
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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #256467 sammyh
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:06 pm

Only just seen this, cheers, all very encouraging.

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Re: my first apple tree

Post: #256586 Silver Ether
Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:18 am

oh lovely I planted to crap apple trees. Bright red fruit and called Laura... funny I came across them at Tenbury Wells apple fest last year. As I forage at Baggeridge Country park I thought it would be good to replace my gatherings and they are to mark my being when I pass to the Otherworld ...

So we can compare notes as they grow.

I had mine from a company called Wiggly wigglers ... I think ... :icon_smile: good luck
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