Morning wise MNers We're a week away from our fourth wedding anniversary and Wiki tells me that it's fruit/flowers so was thinking of getting DH an apple tree (we are hippy types and he likes the idea of brewing his own cider).
Any suggestions on varieties? I think HFW has some suggestions in one of his books so going to dig that out and have a read. Will also check John Seymour to see if he has anything to say.
If we plant it down the end of the garden, it will be about 20ft away from the house (I think, bit rubbish at distances) - is that far enough away not to cause any problems with foundations etc?
Finally can anyone recommend where to buy? Mail order would be good as DS is due imminently (either 40 weeks today or 40+4 depending on whose dates you go by) which means I'm going to have trouble doing much shopping in the next week and of course DH will be home for the next couple of weeks and a tree is probably quite hard to buy discreetly. Oh, and the getting it in the car issue. Prob don't want to spend more than £30ish.
www.crocus.co.uk I've always found very reliable on deliveries and very good quality goods. As for variety, if it's going to be by itself then look for a self-pollinator. I'm particularly fond of Cox's varieties because they're very good croppers and the fruit is lovely.
We've had really good apple trees from the Agroforestry Research Trust - we planted quite a number last winter and their trees were very much better than the others (which came from Deacons nursery, and were ok but haven't taken as well). If you go to the apple section of their plant list and scroll down they have a whole list of cider & juice apples.
I think you'd have to order now for planting in the winter, though - I don't imagine they'd send trees out now as its really not the right time of year for them to establish.
Thank you all so much. Yes, it does seem to be much more complicated than I'd anticipated with a lot of places only delivering in winter (for bareroot plants) plus the whole tricky pollination issue, which is peeing on my picnic a bit ...
D'you know that you can buy them in Morrisons for a fiver? I planted a golden delicious (nit what I'd have chosen but that's what you get for sending DH) and it's doing well and we left it unplanted and loved for a few weeks too.
you are fine planting out anything from a tub at any time of year, just make sure you water loads in the summer. if you are planting an apple tree, try and plant it where it will get the morning sun. not essential, but it means any dew will evaporate quickly and you wont get spots on your fruit.