Prunus dulcis 'Robijn' | Almond Tree
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.
- Arrives as: Bare root tree
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 120-150cm (4-5 ft)
- Approx. Age on Arrival: 1 Year
- 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
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.
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
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