Siting your fruit trees

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Although for some there may be no choice when it comes to exactly where to plant your trees, if there are options available some thought as to the trees’ requirements will pay dividends in the long term.

No fruit tree really likes to be in the shade so for a start choose the sunniest spot you can. Shelter from prevailing winds is also key; blossoms and developing fruits are prone to spring gales and established trees too can suffer in strong winter winds.

Soil plays a crucial part in crops too. If you have an area that is prone to waterlogging, even during short periods, then it should be avoided because trees that sit in water won’t develop good rooting systems and will eventually rot away because there is insufficient air in the soil.

On the other hand very dry soils may be too impoverished to nurture good growth. But at least this extreme can be improved with the addition of copious amounts of organic matter, and you could also think about installing an automatic irrigation system.

It is worth noting that dwarf and miniature trees need better soil than more vigorously growing ones.

Of all the main fruit tree families the apple is the most forgiving, followed by Plums. Pears are intermediate in their requirements and sweet cherries, gages and plums, nectarines and apricots need the best, warmest position you can offer in order to provide regular crops.

If you live in the North or have a difficult garden then be sure to choose varieties that are described as being hardier or suitable for the North. Our website gives lots of information in this respect and if you’re unsure send us an e-mail and we can advise you on your choice of varieties.

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