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Kiran

  • Joined Apr 2019
Fruit tree suppliers
« on: September 14, 2020, 11:18:08 am »

Does anyone have any recommendations for suppliers of bare root fruit trees? I spent a large part of the "summer" clearing one of our fields so we can start growing some fruit tress. I'd like to have a proper orchard, I've got the space but the budget will dictate how far we can go. Id like to grow a variety of apples (edible and cider), pears (edible and cider), plumbs, cherries and a few others that we are yet to decide on.

If there's anything in the South Wales are I'd like to support local, but as long as they can deliver I don't mind going further a field. If the budget allows it we have space for 50-100 trees but I'm happy to start on the lower side and expand.

sandspider

  • Joined Aug 2015
  • Bristol
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 11:34:00 am »
I've had good trees and advice from Adam's apples / talaton plants. I believe they're near Exeter. They offer sets of trees based on cropping season, tree type, purpose of orchard etc. Stakes, guards etc. They also discount if you buy larger quantities of trees. I'd use them again.

My mixed orchard has been in for nearly 4 years now and is mostly cropping well.

Kiran

  • Joined Apr 2019
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 11:48:10 am »
Thanks Sandspider

They are currently on my list so it's good to have positive feedback on them.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 02:03:55 pm »
WE've also used Adam's Apples and would recommend them.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 02:40:52 pm »
Ditto Adam's Apples, if only because there's a chance they'll answer the phone "Adam's Apples, Adam speaking"  ;D .
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DippyEgg

  • Joined May 2017
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2020, 08:00:21 pm »
We've had some good ones from Ashridge trees (they deliver) and from Tesco!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2020, 10:15:44 pm »
www.deaconsnurseryfruits.co.uk on the IOW but deliver.  It's 25 years since we bought from them but they were so helpful on the phone and happy to use their knowledge to help me choose varieties suitable for a cold part of Scotland. Still on the go after all those years so they must be doing something right.
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Vile Traveller

  • Joined Dec 2019
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2020, 04:13:47 pm »
A timely topic, we'll be planting up our orchard soon. We're finally moving to our 2.5 acres in North Waes in January, and the first order of business will be establishing the fruit trees and bushes, as well as a new hedgerow around the lot.

We've had some good ones from Ashridge trees (they deliver) and from Tesco!
From Tesco, really! Which particular plants did you get from them (that turned out well)?  :apple:

DippyEgg

  • Joined May 2017
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2020, 10:53:04 pm »
Apple trees!

arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow: where 2nd-home owners rule !
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2020, 06:25:15 pm »
F P Matthews (one of the biggest UK suppliers) and/or Keepers Nursery.  I've been happy with both.  (Put yourself on Keepers' mailing list and watch out for late season sales and then plant any late purchases v promptly.)

Supermarket purchases have proved quite successful also:  v cheap, albeit limited varieties (popular ones/nothing unusual) although they tend to make sure that the different varieties they sell will be pollination-compatible for multiple purchases. 

If one is a Nat' Trust member, another option for perhaps vintage/unusual varieties would be to check out any National Trust properties with orchards:  they will do "grafting days" when one can select freshly (real time) grafted varieties at a fairly reasonable price . 
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 06:55:06 pm by arobwk »

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2020, 07:28:32 pm »
I wantes to order lots of fruit bushes and some trees. Unfortunatelly by the time i wanted to order they were out of stock...

Thisnis a company that specialises in selling flowers but they have a fairly good selection of soft fruit bushes and fruit trees (enough varieties for home growers):
https://www.dutchbulbs.co.uk

Proces are very good indeed. You get wholesale prices when you order about 200 i think. Unfortunatelly you have to order in late summer for autumn delivery, as tehy have limited stock.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

tbugs

  • Joined Jul 2021
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2021, 12:33:16 pm »
I know this is a bit late but just doing an initial browse of the forum & thought I'd share a few recommends from S.Wales & South West areas.

ciderappletrees.co.uk/ - Somerset sort of area - had some cider apple trees off them last winter (M25 standards) - lovely folks. Regular apples too.

I'd previously got trees from John Worle near Hereford, a lovely old nurseryman but who has since retired. His son, James, is, however, continuing and is based near Yeovil - https://appleorchardsolutiontreenursery.weebly.com/
John was always very accomodating to my small requirements even if his main focus seemed to be bigger commercial cider orcharding (much as bush trees)

I always meant to check https://www.tomtheappleman.co.uk/ as he has a good few interesting old varieties - guess I haven't used him yet as my focus to date has mainly been on M25 standards (with stem builders) for an old traditional cider orchard.

https://www.welshmountaincider.com/ are LOVELY up in mid Wales!

https://iansturrockandsons.co.uk/ have some amazing, specialist Welsh fruit trees! My brother planted an orchard with trees mainly from Ian. North Wales, I believe..

And finally, near Monmouth - http://www.carrobgrowers.co.uk/ - Caroline & Robert Boyle have some really interesting plants/shrubs/trees if you're in that kind of area.


Kiran

  • Joined Apr 2019
Re: Fruit tree suppliers
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2021, 06:01:10 am »
Thanks for that list of suppliers. I will definitely check them out. I had to place my order early this year as I missed out last year and the loss of a year when you're trying to establish an orchard is painful one!

I will contact the welsh mountain cider guys this year and see what they can recommend though as its something that I wouldnt mind a dabble in

 

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