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    Default Recommendations for where to buy fruit trees

    Is there a general consensus that buying online/mail order is a good or bad option in terms of having them come through the post? Or is a decent local garden centre still the preferred option?

    If I can't find a good garden centre, which online suppliers get the thumbs up from our more experienced members in terms of variety, quality, price, whatever?

    What should I be looking for exactly? I don't know what else we want but the wife is really keen to get a Russet apple tree as that's her favourite from the shop

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    I'm no expert on fruit trees, but I was very impressed with the two year old bush cherry tree I bought from Blackmoor Nurseries.
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    I think nurseries by far are more expensive - having said that you choose the tree you want . Iv'e always bought from J Parkers and always pleased with any orders.

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    You're a little late in the season to buy bare rooted trees but ideally find a local nursery who know what they're doing. Postage when buying online can be as much as the tree itself, not a problem if you're buying 5-6 but rather wasteful if you're buying 1.

    Most if not all good companies will use overnight couriers and pack the items well, there will be less damage than stuffing it in the boot of your car (I speak from experience).

    Blackmoor - They were terrible and expensive.
    Keepers - Large selection at a reasonable price, apples were good pears not so much.
    gb-online - Not impressed at all.
    Walcots - Good apples and plum trees, but a little more costly and delivery makes you winch.

    I've spent the most money at Walcots.

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    I've only bought from Blackmoors and have always been very pleased with the trees, packaging and customer service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I've only bought from Blackmoors and have always been very pleased with the trees, packaging and customer service.
    Ditto VC above, In fact I am going there tomorrow to collect another fruit tree. (LOST COUNT NOW.)
    All my fruit trees, bushes comes from them.
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    I've bought from blackmoor, keepers, Orange pippin, deacons, ashridge, b&q and tesco. Blackmoor and Orange pippin trees and keepers had the best form followed by ashridge. Deacons required some pruning but that's not too much of an issue and their Apple selection is the largest. The trees I got from Tesco were small and very cheap but are doing extremely well and are full of blossom this year (their 3rd year). I guess it boils down to what variety you want and what you want to spend and how long you want to wait for the fruit. 2 year old trees are more expensive but fruit much faster for you. Have you considered what rootstock you want your tree on?

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    I have bought (in the last couple of years) from the following with no complaints

    Blackmore
    Keepers
    Ashridge
    Real English Fruit
    Orange Pippin
    Brogdale

    Personally I prefer to buy from specialist nurseries and would never buy from a supermarket for two reasons: firstly if you don't support them the specialists will cease to exist and secondly i think you are less likely to have an issues with disease from a specialist vs a stack em high and sell em cheap merchant.
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