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Buying Fruit Trees etc. Online

Hi all,

I've heard a few horror stories about buying plants etc online.

Can anyone give me any pointers please.


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779
  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489
    Check the age/size of the plants carefully. A decent garden centre will sell fruit trees that are pretty much ready to fruit either this year, or if too late then next. The cheap trees you see in some supermarkets can be a couple of years away from a decent crop. That's great if you don't mind waiting and want to save pennies but if you want rewards quickly, it's not so good. An awful lot of my fruit bushes are from the mirror gardening website, they've all been good quality and price but I knew they wouldn't produce much in the first growing year. This year however we've had bumper crops of strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724

    You can't do better than these I've had great quality plants, beautifully packaged and delivered exactly on time as arranged. 

    Stephen Read has been really helpful when I've emailed him for advice and he picked out exactly the right tree for me to espalier myself.

    The website is also a fount of knowledge and advice and a huge range of select plants.

    I have no connection with them other than as a very satisfied customer. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks Fleurisa image found a new gooseberry plant on the Blackmoor site.

    Wise words Leggi, thank you, I'll bare that in mind for the future.

  • I'll certainly give them a go on your recommendation Dovefromabove image a BIG thank you image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724

    They're a proper family run nursery and they have great green credentials.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Got my new Gooseberry bush and Champagne Rhubarb lined up to get tomorrow, a very happy bunny.

    Thank you all for your time to reply and put me on the right track.

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