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Mini Orchard Collection - 5ft Apricot, Cherry and Plum Trees

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Mini Orchard - Apricot, Cherry and Plum Tree Collection

Grow a range of fruit in your garden - different flavours for different uses. This gorgeous collection of fruit trees includes apricots, cherries and plums.

This Tree Collection Consists Of:

3 Bare Root Trees Between 1.2-1.5m:

  • 1 x Apricot Flavorcot - Bare Root
  • 1 x Cherry Tree 'Sunburst' - Bare Root
  • 1 x Plum Tree 'Victoria' (SJA Rootstock) - Bare Root

Apricot Flavorcot

The fruits are very large and juicy with a red blush and succulent, sweet orange flesh. Superb aromatic flavour. Specially bred for the cooler UK climate, to produce huge crops of large egg sized, delicious orange-red fruits with outstanding colour, texture and flavour. Being late flowering, Apricot 'Flavourcot'® is also frost resistant so you will always get a crop. We use a Montclare rootstock which limits the growth of the tree which not only makes it perfect for smaller gardens but has been proven to encourage better crops from the tree. The fruit not only tastes great in jams or preserves and cooking, but also tastes brilliant straight from the tree.

Cherry Tree 'Sunburst'

This attractive 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.

Plum Tree 'Victoria' (SJA Rootstock)

This is perhaps the most popular of all plum trees thanks to its reliable fruits and its combination of both dessert and culinary plums. Its dark red fruits can be harvested in autumn, whilst in the spring it produces lush white flower blossoms. SJA stands for Saint Julian A, a Semi-Dwarfing rootstock helping the tree to reach an ultimate height of 4-5m.

Fruit Benefits

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 trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by their nursery, which means their roots are of a different plant to that of their trunk, branches, and fruit. Rootstocks (amongst other environmental factors) will determine the eventual size of your tree.

Dwarfing rootstocks produce smaller trees than the one grown on its own roots. Some rootstocks have a greater dwarfing effect than others, with Gisela 5 producing the smallest tree. While having a smaller tree may sound like a negative, it is actually highly beneficial! Dwarfing trees will crop earlier in their lives; placing more energy into their fruiting instead of vegetative growth. Nonetheless, some dwarfing rootstocks, such as Gisela 5, need permanent staking to make sure that they aren't uprooted by strong winds.
Your fruit tree will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by pollinating insects, which will transfer pollen from one flower to another. Honeybees, the main pollinating insect, will travel several miles in search of blossom. So if there exists another cherry tree within that radius it will most likely bear fruit.

Some cherry trees are self-fertile, while others need a pollination partner from the same or neighbouring pollination group. Although self-fertile varieties form fruit without the help of a pollination partner, a pollination partner will still greaten their yields.

Due to genetic similarities, it is not guaranteed that two self-sterile cherries will pollinate one another, so we recommend that you buy one self-fertile variety and another that needs to be pollinated. Cherry blossom trees can't pollinate cherry fruit trees, although sweet and sour cherries can pollinate each other.
Packaging

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.
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Once planted, you should water your cherry fruit trees at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to have adequate spacing between each tree, with 3 - 3.5m between Gisela 5, and 4.5 - 5m between Colt rootstock trees (respectively).

Bare root and containerised trees have differing planting requirements, detailed below:

  • Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
  • Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
  • Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.
  • Bare root and containerised trees also share planting requirements, detailed below:

  • With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
  • Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
  • Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. When autumn arrives, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
Easy to grow, a cherry tree will make a perfect first fruit tree. Your tree’s growth and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Cherry trees can be found growing in far colder regions than the UK and therefore its mild winters will not affect your tree. One issue that can affect cherry trees is frost-damaged blossom, which can prevent a tree from fruiting.
  • Position: In the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so be sure to plant your cherry tree somewhere that receives enough sun. Choosing a sheltered location will also help prevent uprooting and allow it to leverage more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your tree’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a tree of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting.
More Information
Common Name Plum
Harvest Month July, August
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Species Apricot Trees, Cherry Fruit Trees, Fruit Trees
Time To Cropping 2 Years
Type Apricot, Cherry Fruit
Foliage Colour Green
Annual Rate Of Growth Fast Growing
Supplied As Bare Root
Supplied As Bare Root
Type Fruit Trees
Latin Name Prunus
Shop By Category Fruit Trees

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