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M9 Trees in pots, when to plant

suffolk_blondesuffolk_blonde SouthendPosts: 52
Hi, I purchased two M9 rootstock trees from Tesco back in Feb, One pear conference and one Victoria plum.I did  plant these after purchase on some spare land I have away from my house, however  I've had to move them after some vandalism to other plants I have on the land. I've temporarily moved them to large bell pots, the plum tree (I believe its the plum tree as Ive moved them about and stupidly not labeled)  looks quite merry and has started to grow leaves, the pear tree is completely bear though. My question is how long can I keep them in pots for? I still haven't quite decided where to put them.


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,088
    A very intriguing problem.

    M9 rootstock is an apple rootstock, producing an apple tree which is roughly 10’ high by as much across. Not really a suitable size tree for a pot.

    However, you say that you have a plum and a pear. Plum trees are grafted onto various rootstocks, see here:

    and pear trees are grafted onto quince rootstocks.

    So we have a couple of mysteries there.

    Anyway, the “plum” is obviously alive. It would clearly be happier growing in the ground, if that is possible. The “pear” sounds as if it is dead.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    edited April 2018
    My pear has yet to come into leaf.  I have seen blossom on it.  Will double check in a moment.  UK SE.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,088
    All my pear trees are in leaf and full bloom. 600’ up and in the centre of England.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • suffolk_blondesuffolk_blonde SouthendPosts: 52
    Aha, thank you for enlightening me! Doesn't actually tell me the rootstock from the card with the tree, however looking online believe its Quince A for the pear and St. Julien A (Dwarf) for the Plum. Think I've found a spot for what I believe is the Plum, and I'll plant the pear in some common ground that is overgrown in front of my house and hope it bears fruit!
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    Yep my pear is in leaf, just didn't look up to the canopy.
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