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Sloe tree
« on: November 27, 2017, 12:24:22 pm »
In my last garden I had a Sloe tree, I have now moved and I miss that tree (or at least the sloe gin I made :)). Can anyone advise on varieties, whether to buy mature trees or bare root bushes and what type of soil they require?
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Re: Sloe tree
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 03:17:14 pm »
Sloes are the fruit of the Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa. So there are no varieties, you just need blackthorn. Pretty much any well-drained soil, in full sun would be best. :thumbsup:

They are relatively cheap, so it might be worth getting a bigger one in a pot. Bare-rooted shouldn't cost you any more than £1 per plant for a small number.


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Re: Sloe tree
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 07:59:35 pm »
You don't necessarily need well drained soil. We are on clay which gets very soggy in the winter and have several very fruitful blackthorns. :)


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