Mini Orchard Collection by Frank P Matthews ™ - 'Stella' Cherry, Plum 'Victoria' & Pear 'Conference'

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Mini Orchard Collection by Frank P Matthews ™ - 'Stella' Cherry, Plum 'Victoria' & Pear 'Conference'
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Mini Orchard Collection by Frank P Matthews ™ - 'Stella' Cherry, Plum 'Victoria' & Pear 'Conference'

Mini Orchard Collection by Frank P Matthews ™ - 'Stella' Cherry, Plum 'Victoria' & Pear 'Conference'

Fill different areas of your garden with 3 fantastic types of fruit tree from the Frank P Matthews collection. Carefully selected, this collection is easy to grow and would make a great starter pack for someone who has always wanted to grow their own fruit. This mini orchard range includes a Stella cherry tree, Victoria plum tree and Conference pear tree. Each tree has a slightly different fruiting time and are all known to produce a good amount of fruit, allowing you to enjoy fresh fruit in your garden for months at a time. All of the fruit in this collection can be eaten straight from the tree or used in cooking. Why not make a fruit pie or crumble? With a mix of sweet and sharp flavours there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This Tree Collection Consists Of 3 Bare Root Trees:

  • 1 x Victoria Plum Tree Bare Root St. Julien A
  • 1 x Conference Pear Tree Bare Root Quince A
  • 1 x Stella Cherry Tree Tree Bare Root Colt

Victoria Plum Tree

'Victoria' is the most popular of all plum trees thanks to its reliable fruiting and dual-purpose fruits, which start orange/red before turning purple/dark red, when they become suitable for eating. Early in the spring, it produces lush white blossom, which adds a burst of colour to your garden. 'Victoria' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants. For more details please click here.

Conference Pear Tree

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. For more details please click here.

Stella Cherry Tree

This beautiful fruiting tree is famous for producing one of the most regular, heavy crops of plump, dark red cherries which are rich, sweet and aromatic producing one of the finest flavours on the market. This is a very versatile tree well suited to fan-training, but can also be allowed to grow as a small bush or pyramid or of course free standing. Stella will thrive in most soils, but may need mulching in late winter. 'Stella' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), for its heavy, regular, great tasting crops and beautiful aesthetics. For more details please click here.

Why Choose Frank P Matthews?

Frank P Matthews is the UK’s the finest tree growers situated on fertile lands in the heart of the picturesque Teme Valley, Worcestershire. The team produce over ½ million trees a year with over 600 varieties to choose from. Here are a just few factors that make the quality of their trees unbeatable:

  • High grade out - they have a much higher grade out than most nurseries meaning that only the very best trees make it to our customers
  • Drip irrigation with added nutrients - means the trees get exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to grow strong and healthy whilst avoiding water wastage from unnecessary runoff
  • Formative pruning - the trees are pruned between 3-4 times before they reach the end of production leading to an excellent, well balanced shape that you won’t find elsewhere
  • Experience - family run since 1901, Frank P Matthews has as much experience as any grower
    & often lead the way with research & breeding programmes introducing many famous & award winning varieties
  • UK grown - every tree we sell is UK grown, this reduces any travel time, reduces the risk of disease spread and leaves you with an unbeatable quality of tree
Caring and Maintenance

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.
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Planting

  • 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.

Pollination

  • Pollination Group: 3

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).

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 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:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
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.

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.
 

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