Traditionally most trees, including fruit and nut, were sold bare-rooted. It’s only our relatively new desire to plant all year round that has led to the growth of container grown trees. A bare-rooted tree is one that has been dug up whilst dormant and then delivered with no soil around the roots. And no pot!
Working with leading suppliers, Suttons has developed a wide range of fruit and nut trees. We’ve selected those that give the finest flavour, the best disease resistance and are of a size to suit even the smaller gardens.
In addition to the ever-popular apple tree – eating, cooking and crab – the range includes:
Damson Plums Cherries Apricot Gage
Mirabelle Peaches Quince Pears Sweet Almond
Persimmon Walnut Pluot Purple Filbert
Most fruit trees are grafted onto a “rootstock” chosen for its vigour. The rootstocks Suttons has selected are all certified virus free and have been chosen to ensure that the trees crop well and grow to a manageable size. This size can of course be further controlled through pruning.
Even trees known to be self-pollinators will benefit from having another tree of the same pollination group in the vicinity. Either in your garden or that of a near neighbour. Pollination groups are best on how early or how late the tree flowers, with 1 being very early and 7 being the latest. When selecting your trees look for ones that are within 1 group of each other. So, a group 3 tree will benefit from being grown near to a group 2,3 or 4 group.
Bare root trees will only be lifted from the ground when dormant. Our milder weather means that although we used to deliver trees in October we now need to wait a little longer and deliver from November. The trees will be delivered in specially designed boxes, complete with full growing instructions.
Planting is best done soon after delivery but if this is not possible the trees will be fine in a cool but frost-free place for a few days. Perhaps an unheated shed or garage. When you do come to plant, soak the roots first in a bucket of water for about 2 hours.
The planting hole needs to be deep enough for the old soil mark to be at ground level or just slightly below. And wide enough to allow the roots to spread out. Refill the hole and gently tread down the surface.
Water thoroughly and repeat often.
If you have had old trees that have been killed off by a fungus before, it is not advisable to grow trees in the same area soon after. Fungus lives in the soil and stretches for a long way. Although usually they manifest on older or sick wood, it would be a big risk planting young plum or gage trees so soon. I would wait a number of years before planting again.