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cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
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Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 11:24 am    Post subject: Fruit - what are you planting?  Reply with quote    

A few people mention that they had fruit trees and bushes to plant but were waiting for the weather to improve. While we're stuck indoors, I thought I'd be nosy and find out what everyone is planting this year.

I'm planting -
Blue honeysuckle, own cuttings and bought varieties. I'm going to try a closer spacing to see if I can improve the pollination rate.

Cranberries to supplement existing ones. Refurbish the area to try to improve the productivity of the cranberries and the other vacciniums. They're growing well, but the fruiting is patchy.

Blackcurrants, whitecurrants, gooseberries, different varieties to add to the couple of plants I already have and the redcurrants I planted last year. I'd like to be able to give fruit to neighbours and make preserves.

Tayberry, Japanese wineberry, blackberry and move a Loganberry. Wire supports to make them easier to maintain and hopefully more productive.

Finally, some more elaeagnus to feed the rest and provide fruit when there is little else about.

What is everyone else planting?

Piggyphile



Joined: 02 Apr 2009
Posts: 891
Location: Galicia
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have been able to plant 10 shrubs and 13 fruiting trees on top of what we already had. The trees include 3 cherries picota, Summit and Napoleon, 3 plums Friar, Claudia Tolosa and Angeleno, 1 Galician Apple tree called Sangre de Torro (Bulls Blood), a flat peach, 2 Persimmons Brilliant Red and Fan Fan, 2 Walnuts and another Apricot Bulida. Also a hairless Kiwi Issai many of the above are Spanish varieties. I have moved my fruiting bushes to a better area, fingers crossed they take. I also planted a creeping cranberry hoping the ducks don't eat it. I also found and planted a chokeberry, an Eleagnus ebbingii and a Strawberry Tree. Hoping for fruitful harvests...

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Last year I bought some cheap tayberries, apples, pears, plums etc but I'm not convinced they were worth it, although it wasn't a great year for establishing plants. I'm convinced the tayberry isn't a raspberry. Even the more expensive plants haven't done that well.

This year I'll mainly wait to see how existing things do, and I'll be starting to graft a few things so that'll increase our plants.

Even when things grow ok the deer eat them, so I may have to add some extra protection to the blackberries and raspberries.

The wild strawberries we grew from seed have done well and we've got a packet of quattro stagioni strawberries to grow as they looked good on Gardeners' World.

I would also like to pick up a Japanese Wineberry and will no doubt be tempted by a few other plants.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8698
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

this year we put in an almond, bramley, mirabelle and a Dittisham plum

I've also bought a 'pinkberry' - a pink variety of blueberry

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Planted 20 blackcurrants & three loganberries.
The goosegogs I propogated at the same time are still small so I will probably line them out for a further year before planting in their final positions.
Soon to take cuttings from white & red currants, & going to try to propogate from my blueberries as well.

As for trees I'm waiting for the Lidl/Aldi offers to stock up.
If I can source some cheap rootstock I will take some grafts from some friends Cornish apple varieties.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6514
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I may be able to help you with some cuttings I took from Cornish Aromatic. I was convinced it was growing on its own roots and yes, some cuttings have rooted!

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3223
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've put in four replacement peaches on Krymsk 86 rootstock as the previous supermarket and T&M ones weren't thriving.

I've still got a purple and a red plum to replace and room for a couple of red cherries but they'll be the last I'll have room for so I'm thinking hard about which varieties.

Three Autumn Olives went in before Christmas and replaced a white Mulberry and a Szechuan pepper. Also yet more grape vines.

Mainly its been ground level planting - I'm working on a 70ft strawberry bed and have planted a lot of daffodil, tulip and fritillary bulbs that I'm really eager to see come up - then I'll know the mice haven't eaten them all.

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What I want is 2 plums one purple one yellow, I would like them to be self fertile and able to pollens each other and fruit at slightly different times to extend the season but I have not even began to look into them lol.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 13 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Early Transparent is one of the best yellow gages, Kirkes Blue is purple and delicious and they'll pollinate each other. The fruit of Kirkes is about three weeks after ET. ET is self-fertile, Kirke's is self sterile.

Have a look at Keepers http://www.keepers-nursery.co.uk/stock.aspx?fruittype=2 and Orange Pippin http://www.orangepippin.com/plums. They're selling out quickly though.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 13 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I want to put in some soft fruit bushes - our garden is shrubs and lawn and there are lots of nice spaces where I could stick in rasperries, blackcurrants, goosegogs etc.

Any suggestions for the best place to get them?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 13 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I want to put in some soft fruit bushes - our garden is shrubs and lawn and there are lots of nice spaces where I could stick in rasperries, blackcurrants, goosegogs etc.

Any suggestions for the best place to get them?


I got a bungle of raspberry canes from Victoriana, they're very healthy despite being moved two (three?) times They're autumn fruiting, and all have the next set of canes waiting to grow if that makes sense? Their wineberry is also doing well, fruited okay for a baby.
Dwarf plum from Pennard is happy and will hopefully fruit this year.
Goosegogs and gojis I got yellow-stickered at local garden centre.


Does anyone know when to give up on apple "trees"? Bought two last June, only young 'uns (but not bareroot at the time of course). One did at least shoot a little, one didn't even put out an extra leaf...

dan1



Joined: 23 Jun 2010
Posts: 102
Location: Bristolish
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 13 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Fruit - what are you planting? Reply with quote    

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I'm planting -
Blue honeysuckle, own cuttings and bought varieties. I'm going to try a closer spacing to see if I can improve the pollination rate.
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Hi Cassy. How have you got on with the blue honeysuckle? Worth growning and any advice on sources + varieties?
Dan

Mithril



Joined: 22 Jul 2011
Posts: 1755
Location: wessex
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 13 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm adding / have recently added 3 apple trees (Ellison's Orange, Worcester Pearman and Braeburn), two plums (Czar and Denniston's Superb), a cherry (I forget which one), a pear (Concord) and another redcurrant and another black currant.

I planted two blue honeysuckles / honeyberries a couple of years or so ago. They weren't a named variety and all they have done is sprawl. No flowers or fruit. I pruned them back really hard (4 - 6 inches above the ground) a month or so ago and if they come back all well and good. Otherwise, they're out!

Last edited by Mithril on Thu Feb 28, 13 10:08 pm; edited 1 time in total

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3223
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 13 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Plum-type trees #25 and #26 planted, Avalon and Bohemian Zwetche - from Keepers sale. They're both supposed to be half standards and have 5ft and 6ft trunks before they branch, then another 3ft of branches, sturdy too, so I think I've got good value.

The japanese plum that is in front of a south wall is being very clever in it flowering - it started three weeks ago but only about a tenth of the flowers come out at a time, so less than half the buds have opened so far. I guess that's its strategy for beating the bad early spring weather. Its gambling that this freezing weather won't last for ever.

My blue honeysuckles have just started flowering - I bought 3 from ART a couple of years back and they're really doing well. They're planted in a triangle about a metre apart and there are a lot of fritillaries planted in the centre, should be pretty one day.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
Posts: 13510

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 13 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rather predictably, I've put in 40 cider apple trees but I did also end up planting 4 Bardsey apple trees that someone failed to pick up from an order they'd made.

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