4-5ft 'Robijn' Almond Tree | 9L Pot
The exact ancestry of the Almond tree is mysteriously unknown, but almonds are thought to have originated in China and Central Asia. Robijn is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Robijn is reasonably resistant to leaf-curl and produces beautiful, delicate pink blossom in spring. As with plum trees (to which almonds are related) it is best to keep pruning to an absolute minimum.
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Donâ€™t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, youâ€™re going to have to chop it off anyway!
- Arrives as: 9l polypot
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 120-150cm (4-5 ft)
- Approx. Age on Arrival: 3 Years
- Approx. Growth Height: 3-4mtrs
- Rate of Growth: Fast
- Harvesting Period: Sept/Oct
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Foliage Colour: Green
- Flowering Period: March/April
- Tolerance: Partial shade/full sun
- Uses: Dessert/Culinary
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Exposure: Sun
- Self-fertilising: Yes
- Scented: Light Scent
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:
- The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
- How it’s pruned
- Soil type
- Its rootstock
Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.
- Pollination: pollination group 5, self-fertilising
Each fruiting tree has ideal pollination partners. These are divided into groups and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if variety is planted near another tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4). The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather in blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.
We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
- Light Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.5 - 7.5
- Moisture: Moist/ well-drained
- Planting Distance: 5m
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
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|Harvesting Period||Mid Season Fruit Trees, Late Season Fruit Trees|
|Harvest Month||August, September|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Species||Fruit Trees, Nut Trees|
|Time To Crop||2 Years|
|Annual Rate Of Growth||Fast Growing|
|Rootstock||Dwarfing Rootstock Fruit Trees|
|Supplied As||9L-14L Pot|
|Shop By Category||Fruit Trees|