Fruit & fruit trees

Fruit Trees & Bushes now available:

From Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Redcurrants to Grapes, its all fresh and its ready for planting. If you plant over the winter you will gain with a bigger fruit yield in your first season as the plants have had time to settle and get ready for the year ahead. We also have a selection of fruit trees, just right for that fresh, just picked off the tree taste like the Victoria plum, Laxton's Superb or Cherry; and what about a Grape Vine or even a Fig to tempt your growing skills.

All our fruit is pot grown to give you the best possible start to your fruit growing.

Fruit tree pruning is best done in late winter. Pruned at any other time causes the tree massive stress, which leaves them open to diseases. When adding mulch around the base of fruit trees, keep the mulch a rew inches away from tree trunks and the crowns and stems of plants. This will help to reduce rot on the stems of young plants and will protect the bark of young fruit trees.

Blackcurrants & Raspberries:

Are extremely easy to grow, producing bunches of dark purple to black fruits in mid-summer. Blackcurrants have a tart flavour and provide an invaluable source of vitamin C. In the kitchen use them in pies and jams, to make cordials and even cassis. Blackcurrants are quite happy growing in containers if you are short on space.

Twenty Pence Garden Centre always sells pot grown certified stock to avoid virus problems. One bush should yield about 4.5kg (10lb) of fruit. Blackcurrants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained, moisture-retentive conditions. They will happily grow in part shade but for the best results and of course best cropping then grow them in full sun.

The plants are best planted over the winter period from October to late February. Before planting into the ground it is best if, a few weeks before planting, you can clear the soil of all perennial weeds and add a generous amount of well-rotted manure. Apply a balanced fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 at the rate of 85g per sq m (3oz per sq yd).

Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball, and spread the roots out when planting. Set each plant at least 6cm (2.25in) deeper than it was previously. Deep planting encourages young, vigorous shoots to develop from the base. Mix the soil from the hole with well-rotted organic manure and backfill the hole. Firm it in well before watering.

If growing in a container, choose one that is 45-50cm (18-20in) in diameter. When planting, place some crocks (small pieces of broken concrete, clay pots, or polystyrene) in the bottom of the containers to help drainage. Use a good-quality compost such as multi purpose mixed with John Innes.

Raspberries:

Are really popular summer fruits and are very easy to grow. Just a few raspberry plants will reward you with plenty of fruit from mid-summer until mid-autumn. If you end up with more you can eat then raspberries also freeze well. It doesn’t matter how large or small your garden is you can grow raspberries, and you can grow them in containers very successfully as well.

Raspberries thrive in fenland soils, the soils offer a slightly acidic water retentive growing conditions and if placed in part shade to full sun will produce their lovely flowers followed by their juicy fruits. Raspberries can be planted any time during the dormant season, from November to March so long as the soil is not frozen when the plants are put in.

Raspberries produce their fruits from early summer into autumn, so picking your preferred varieties can give you 5 months of the delicious fruit. At Twenty Pence Garden Centre we sell raspberries in bunches of 5 in a pot, this gives you the chance to have several varieties to produce fruit over an extended period. They will require planting between October and late February.

The raspberry plants are traditionally grown in rows and trained along a wire and post system, but if you have a smaller garden you can grow them up a single post or a climbing frame. If you really like your raspberries why not a rose arch?

All raspberries are self fertile and pollinated by insects, to help with pollination it may also be necessary to plant insect attracting plants nearby, such as lavender. To get the planting site ready clear it of perennial weeds. The plants will need spacing at 45-60cm (18inch to 2ft) apart, then give them a thick mulch of bulky organic matter or a bark chip, we highly recommend J. Arthur Bowers Farmyard Manure as this is very well rotted down, avoid the use of mushroom compost which may burn new shoots.

For container growing, grow 3 canes to a 30cm (12inch) pot, using multi-purpose with John Innes. The only thing different from growing in the ground is to remember to feed and water well in the summer, Twenty Pence Garden Centre highly recommends Vitax Q4 for feeding the canes.

In March when the weather warms up apply an egg cup full of Vitax Q4 around the base of the canes but not too close so as to avoid burning them, then add a J Arthur Bowers Farmyard Manure mulch. If you find you have weak growth on the new canes you can add sulphate of ammonia at 34g per sq m (1oz per sq yd).

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