Fruit Salad Collection - Granny Smith Apple, ‘Sunburst’ Cherry and 'Conference' Dessert Pear Bare Root
Tired of expensive, pre-packaged fruit salad? Why not make your own using tasty fresh fruit grown in your garden? With the Fruit Salad Collection now you can!
Each of trees in this collection produce popular fruit that are traditionally found in a fruit salad. This collection contains apples, pears and cherries. With a range of sweet and tart flavours you can be sure that your fruit salad will be a success! All of the fruit in this collection have other uses as well and can be eaten straight from the tree or used in cooking.
Each of these trees have different flowering and fruiting periods meaning you can enjoy having plenty of colour and fruit in your garden for most of the year!
This Tree Collection Consists Of 3 Bare Root Trees:
- 1 x Granny Smith Dessert Apple Tree Bare Root
- 1 x Cherry Tree ‘Sunburst’ Bare Root
- 1 x 'Conference' Dessert Pear Tree Bare Root
Granny Smith Dessert Apple Tree Bare Root
Granny Smith is a well-known apple, with its bright green skin and tart fruit. Crisp and crunchy, the apples of this tree are suited for eating raw, and also used in crumbles, pies and jams. The tree itself gives beautiful blossom in the spring, and a heavy crop in the autumn, which, with care, can be preserved to last you through the winter.
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Cherry Tree ‘Sunburst’ Bare Root
The attractive ‘Sunburst’ cherry tree will be laden with fruit from mid July, and produces dark red, almost black cherries with a very sweet flavour. 'Sunburst' is self-fertile and thus does not require a pollination companion. This tree is well-suited to small spaces, and can be placed in 60cm containers, or be trained against a wall.
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'Conference' Dessert Pear Tree Bare Root
This compact, deciduous pear tree has oval leaves and produces scented white flowers in spring. In autumn you will be able to harvest its sweet dessert fruits. 'Conference' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
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Caring and Maintenance
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.
- Planting Distance: 3.6m with 4.5m between the rows
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. 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.
Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating so it therefore requires another tree nearby of the same fruit species, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things slightly easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Discovery' trees they will not pollinate each other.
The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).
These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.
Fruit Tree Rootstocks
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:
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.
- 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.
This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.
Please Note: Each of these products can be bought separately. Have a look here for more information.