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Hello forum,

I have a "spare" (long story) Peregrine peach tree. It's about 3 years old I think, about 4ft tall, doing ok in a large pot on the patio and already cropping. Think it's on a St Julian A rootstock. However I don't have much room left on my patio so as the tree grows it might be a bit awkward.

I live in central London. In an ideal world I would probably train it against my garden wall as a fan, but I don't have any space left.

I could leave it on the patio but I'm not sure how well it'll do there - it's below garden level and could be a frost pocket which makes me worry a bit (ie damaging blossom in early spring). Having said that, frosts aren't common here and the patio is quite the sun trap in the summer.

There's a nice sunny spot right in the middle of my lawn. Could I plant it there & grow as a large bush? I don't think I'd try this if I lived in Scotland but might it be ok in inner London? Said sunny spot is currently occupied by a pear tree but it's old, not very productive, and I don't like pears much!

Thank you,

Alan.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,703

    You can, but if it was against a wall you could erect a cover easily to stop peach leaf curl. Out in the open it will get it for sure.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Thank you. Hmmm...had forgotten about peach leaf curl. IIRC you can get copper type stuff to treat it with but I seem to remember reading that it's not all that effective.

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