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Fabulous Fruit Trees It is not difficult to grow a fair quantity of fruit, such as apples, pears, plums or cherries, in even a tiny garden – so how do you manage it? First, choose a ‘rootstock’ – the type of tree root the fruit variety has been grafted on to – that has a dwarfing effect, meaning the tree is unlikely to become huge. Examples include rootstocks ‘Pixey’ on plums, ‘M9’ on apples or ‘Quince A’ on pears.

flower pots work well! Make sure the tree is fed and well-watered and kept under control. ‘Family Trees’, on to which two additional varieties of the same fruit have been grafted, let you grow three varieties of apple or pear on one tree. The varieties are selected to cross-pollinate and you should get a fair crop from an established tree.

With limited space, you can grow ‘Ballerina’ or An apple or pear can be a border edging, ‘Minarettes’ trees. with each tree spreading to 150cm (5ft) and These columnar trained into a horizontal barrier about 45cm apple trees (18in) about ground, which bears fruit along produce fruit the horizontal ‘arms’. Either place a pollinator on short spurs tree nearby to ensure good fruit set, or growing out of choose the self-fertile ‘Concorde’ pear for a the main stem, reasonable crop with just one tree. Readyresulting in trees trained step-overs are available from some measuring up to garden centres and specialist fruit nurseries. 2.4m (8ft) tall, but which can be planted just 60-90cm (2-3ft) Growing fruit trees in pots works well, apart. Many different varieties are available, provided you use a good-sized pot – perhaps even a half-barrel. Use a loam-based John Innes including dessert apples, cooking apples, pears, plums, gages and damsons. No. 3 compost and place plenty of drainage material at the base of the container – broken 8

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