Growing Fruit Trees at Home

Moving into one’s own home is an expensive affair. The stamp duty land tax, the mortgage, the white goods all add up. But there are some significant benefits to owning your own home that renters miss, and that is creating a garden. It is fun to create, and can add significant value to a house, if tastefully done.

The previous owners had little interest in the garden, so when we moved in we were faced with a blank slate. I knew that I wanted to grow some veggies, have some flower beds, a little bit of lawn, and I also knew I wanted to plant some fruit trees.

After a bit of googling, and search of some forums to get some recommendations for fruit, I went to Thompson & Morgan website and ordered myself the following:

  • Cox’s orange pippin
  • Braeburn (two apples which can pollinate each other)
  • Victoria plum
  • Oullins Gage
  • Sunburst Cherry
  • Flavorcot Apricot
  • Lord Napier Nectarine

Tree stakes and ties were ordered with the trees (usually on special offer if you buy these with the trees), and some rootgrow (micorrhizal fungi) to help with the rooting of the young trees.

The apricot and nectarine were to be trained as fans against the fences, while the rest grown in the open; the apples trained as bushes, and the plums and cherry as pyramids.

First I went to amazon and bought myself some vine eyes and 1.25mm steel wire and to provide the structure to which the fans would be trained. For fans you need your first wire 12" off the ground, and then wires every 6". Once these are in place you can plant your tree. assuming you have a standard fence or wall, 100mm vine eyes like this are perfect:

and some 1.25mm gauge steel wire like this:

The Trees

Cox’s Orange Pippin

My favourite eating apple. The perfect balance of sharp and sweet. A little less robust than other fruit trees and susceptible to disease, but my most important element is growing things that I want to eat. M9 dwarfing rootstock


Another favourite apple of mine, this one from New Zealand. More disease resistant. M9 dwarfing rootstock

Victoria plum

There’s nothing like picking plums fresh from the tree and eating them warm. The victoria plum is hardy, abundant and very tasty. St. Julien A semi dwarfing rootstock.

Oullins Gage

Greengage chutney, greengage jam, fresh greengages, yum! This one’s actually a yellow gage, full name Reine Claude Ouillins Gage. St. Julien A semi-dwarfing rootstock.

Cherry Sunburst

I love cherries, delicious, but very expensive. How nice to be able to grow your own in your back garden. Two on the top of the list are Stella and Sunburst. I went with Sunburst. Gisela 5 rootstock (dwarfing)

Apricot ‘Flavorcot’

For growing against a west facing fence which gets the evening sun. Gnurled looking tree even thought it was only 1 year old.

Lord Napier Nectarine

For growing against a south west fence as a fan.

Digging your holes

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