Choos­ing the tree for you

Root­stocks and train­ing meth­ods are the key to grow­ing an ap­ple tree that suits your taste and gar­den – here are the facts

Gardeners' World - - Apples -

What­ever your size or style of gar­den, there’s an ap­ple tree for you. To make the right choice, you need to get to grips with the dif­fer­ent root­stocks on of­fer ( see be­low) – th­ese de­ter­mine the vigour and even­tual size of the tree, so if you choose the right one you won’t end up with a spec­i­men that is too large or small for your plot. The root­stocks listed be­low are all suit­able for ap­ples, giv­ing you a range of op­tions for dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes of trees. A root­stock also de­ter­mine trees’ suit­abil­ity for train­ing or grow­ing in a pot, so keep this in mind if you want to grow yours in a par­tic­u­lar way. There’s noth­ing wrong with plant­ing in the ground or­chard-style or in a mixed bor­der, but how about mak­ing a dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture of your tree? Fans, es­paliers and step- overs all look beau­ti­ful, with the added bonus of sav­ing space – plus, they crop abun­dantly for their size, too. And don’t be put off if you’ve only got a bal­cony or a tiny court­yard – the right ap­ple va­ri­ety grafted to the right root­stock will do well in a con­tainer, so you can en­joy the de­lights of home­grown ap­ples, even if you don’t have much of a gar­den. If you’re feel­ing con­fused, seek the ad­vice of a spe­cial­ist nurs­ery ( see p42) – they’ll be more than happy to share their knowl­edge.

CON­TAINER – M26 Give trees in pots lots of wa­ter, but al­low the soil sur­face to dry out be­fore the next wa­ter­ing

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