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In my last garden I had a Sloe tree, I have now moved and I miss that tree (or at least the sloe gin I made :)). Can anyone advise on varieties, whether to buy mature trees or bare root bushes and what type of soil they require?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,921

    hi Richard - I have a 3yr old blackthorn hedge which has produced a fair amout of sloes this year - from one area mainly - and it's not very fussy re conditions.

    My soil is reclaimed grass and was prepped well. We have fairly neutral to acid, and plenty of rain. 

    It was bought as bare root hedging, and you would still get that now. NIce inexpensive way of doing it. I'm sure you could simply buy a few specimens if you don't want a whole hedge of it though   image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you Fairygirl. I believe we have the same sort of soil and being in Cornwall we have plenty of rain :).

    I will get looking into it.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,921

    Yes - they cope with loads of that here too Richard image

    Don't think there are lots of varieties or anything - I should have said that. Mine is bog standard blackthorn. If you take a look at the hedging specialists online, you'll find plenty though.

    I've used Hopes Grove nursery several times and found them very good. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,314

    Or you could go for a walk down some quiet lanes near you and pick some out of the hedges for free. They grow all over the place. Keep an eye out an spring for the white blossom, remember the place and then head back in Autumn to get the sloes

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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