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Fruits for shade?
I have an unused corner that is in fairly heavy shade.
I don't suppose there are any fruits which would tolerate this and still give a reasonable crop are there?
- 09-11-2008, 09:14 PM #2
Most fruits will manage to grow in partial shade, but the amount of direct sunlight determines the fruitfulness.
Earlier-maturing fruits would be a better choice, since they will have more time to ripen in the reduced amount of sun, before autumn arrives.
Alpine strawberries are OK in total shade, although yield is only about half of what you'd get in a sunny spot. A lot of the fruits are on elevated stems, so the slugs can't get at them quite so easily and you don't need to use straw to keep them off the ground. Birds don't take too many, either.
If you grew a fruit tree, bush, minarette or cordon, it might be tall enough for the canopy to reach the sunlight. With it's roots in shade (ground remains moist) and the canopy in sun, it'd probably grow quite strongly - so a fairly dwarfing rootstock might be desirable.
Many of the old Scottish varieties of apples are generally quite content in less than ideal conditions and cool, shadier areas.
I have a James Grieve that spent some years struggling to grow in a hot, sunny position. I then moved it to a spot under a larger tree, where it was shaded from mid-day sun and it's now happy.
Would a 'standard' work, in that case?
Can you grow fruit bushes and trees as standards?
After your comments, I was wondering about a standard tree or bush with maybe an underplanting of alpine strawberries? x
- 10-11-2008, 10:35 AM #4
The lotties next to mine have early strawberries under cover - to protect from frost, but allow the plants to grow under the trees before they have a full shade with their leaves. Also blackberries , raspberries and gooseberries.
All seem to produce stonks of fruit.
Might be the warmer soil though????
- 10-11-2008, 10:44 AM #5
Probably best to use that spot for water butts, compost bins, or a comfrey bed instead.
All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.
- 10-11-2008, 10:59 AM #6
- 10-11-2008, 11:37 AM #7
- 10-11-2008, 11:44 AM #8
Non technically a fruit but rhubarb can tollerate some shade.Imagination is everything, it is a preview of what is to become.
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