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    Default A Lidl fruit tree advice

    Just grabbed a couple of bargain fruit trees from Lidil as I like a challenge of getting them going. The base is very dry and hardly any growth as yet. One is a plumb and one is a pear. We have access to a local council owned orchard that we are allowed to pick but the plumbs and pears are always the first to go hence why I bought my own.

    As I have a small space, can I grow them in pots in a general good quality nursery grade compost and what do I do before I plant etc. Just anything that can give them a good start would be good. I have blood fish and bone if that will help. Also, Should they fruit this year ?

    Thanking you in advance.

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    No fruit this year I'm afraid and ordinary,even professional (what ever that is!) compost is no good, need at least john innes number 3, soil based.
    Unless you have dwarfing rootstock, which you don't have, waste of time in a pot, sorry. New trees are slower to get going than established trees, even established trees are only just waking up. Be patient :-)

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    Soak the roots in a bucket at least 12hrs, little space? Grow as a vertical cordon,loads info online. Lidl's and Aldi's trees are fantastic value but you need check pollination partners,if needed. It's quite difficult to kill a tree so don't worry,dig a hole and bung it in :-)
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    Thanks. I did hear on the radio Joe Maiden saying you can ealily grow all fruit trees in pots very well. What if I fill the pot with soil from the garden or is that no good ?
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    That's a bigger no no than arguing with my Mrs. I have 4 trees in pots but they are very dwarf rootstock and I nail them hard with the secateurs,, many times , love them to bits but I fuss them

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    I will just have to find a space in the garden to plant them. As i have built up brick raised beds I dont want them taking over and spreading. I have a Hawthorn in a pot buried under soil and it is doing very well, just kept under control and means I can take it away If I move.

    As for the missus, I wear the trousers in my house ��
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    Marb, glad to hear you're wearing your trousers in the house, what about in the garden?
    Do you have a front garden? If so, is there room for a couple of trees? Otherwise, how about planting them against your shady back wall and trying to train them against it?
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    'Awaits the resultant post in a few months time reporting on their unexpected death'

    Only joking - best of luck to you Marb.

    Anyway, good to hear 'you wear the trousers in the house' - so do I (although, the OH tells me which ones to put on !!).

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