Nothing feels more rewarding than growing your own produce. If you don’t have an fruit tree in your garden, planting one is a good investment, as there is nothing like eating the fresh fruit straight from the tree in autumn. Keep reading to discover how to plant fruit trees with our gardening tips.
- Avoid planting if there’s a frost – place roots into moist soil until conditions improve.
- Container-grown trees can be planted at any time of year except when frosty or if the soil is too dry or too wet. Bare-root fruit trees can be planted late autumn to early winter as this is when the tree is in its dormant stage.
- Always try to plant fruit trees in a sunny and sheltered position. This will maximise the time your fruit has to ripen.
Planting in pots
Choose a pot that is 45-50cm (18-20in) in diameter. When planting, place some stones, broken concrete, clay pots, or polystyrene in the bottom of the containers to retain moisture. Use a good-quality compost, and insert the tree. Cover hole and water well.
Planting in the ground
Dig a hole up to three times the diameter of the root system, and break the soil up the surrounding soil with a fork before planting. Place the tree in the hole and carefully refill, placing soil around all the roots to eliminate air pockets. Firm the soil gently by stepping on it.
Our favourite varieties
Here is a selection of our favourite fruit tree varieties that will add beauty and produce delicious fruits year after year.
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