Growing fruit trees in an English garden can be disheartening if you do not know the right fruit trees to grow. The whole process could be a tricky affair if you select trees that need special attention. Some fruit trees come with some pests that need taking care of; others are very intricate when it comes to pruning, while others may demand a particular pollination partner to produce the desired crop.
Choosing the correct fruit type will help avoid most of these complications. There are a few factors to consider when selecting the best fruit trees that will cause you little grief:
There is a huge variety of trees that you can grow in your English garden, but we’ve chosen just five easy trees to get you started.
1. Chelsea Mulberry Trees: The historic mulberry trees are some of the easiest fruit trees to grow as there is little pruning compared to other fruit trees, although the season is quite short. Aside from watching out for staining of clothes, you can enjoy their heavenly fruits, which should be harvested and consumed immediately they are ripe – and before the birds beat you to it. The trees need space to grow, as their branches tend to stretch out. They also need warmth so ae better grown in the South where the weather is milder.
2. Tomcot Apricot Trees: These apricot trees come with a significant advantage as they do not require pruning in order to avoid diseases such as silver leaf and canker, among others. These conditions are known to penetrate into the tree through the wounds brought about by pruning. In the case of unavoidable pruning, then during the peak of summer would be the best time to do it. Another advantage of these apricot trees is that they do not need pollination to produce the desired crop. Their only disadvantage is that you need to sync your crop with the weather as the frost may damage early blooms.
3. Falstaff Apple Trees: Most apple trees require pollination partners for them to produce fruit. The Falstaff apple tree, however, does not require pollination. It may not produce fruits as big as other types of apple trees, but their taste is still as good. The trees are easy to grow, produce massively, and are ideal for small gardens.
4. Victoria Plum Trees: The Victoria Plum Tree does not need a pollination partner. This historic fruit tree is known to produce large harvests, and at times, the fruits are too heavy on the branches, to a point where the branches snap. You can strut up the branches to avert such problems, using a strong branch like an old-fashioned clothes prop.
5. Kumoi Nashi Pear Trees: The Nashi pear fruit is a blend of apple and pear, with its flesh being more crunchy and crispy and its taste has a subtle hint of strawberry. The advantage that these fruit trees have is that they are less troubled by the challenges that other pear fruits face, such as pear rust which deforms leaves, or pear midge which destroy the buds.
Try these varieties and let us know how you get on.
There are hundreds of varieties of fruit trees for you to try, from traditional cooking apple trees to espalier trees you can train along a wall or closeboard fence. Experiment and have fun. Happy eating!
Disclaimer: This is a guest post since we are fencers and not expert gardeners! We hope you find these easy to grow, but please do your own research to see whether these are suitable for your own garden.