hi another question for you - I would like to get some patio fruit trees to grow in large pots on my south facing patio but I'm not sure whether it is best to get them now to give them the winter to acclimatise or to wait until spring - -any advice?
IF YOU BUY THEM ALREADY GROWING IN POTS IT WILL MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE.
IF YOU ARE BUYING THEM BARE ROOTED YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THEM UNTIL NOVEMBER ANYWAY. PLANTING DURING FROSTY WEATHER IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND I WOULD SAY THAT SPRING FROSTS ARE SHARPER THAN AUTUMN ONES.
BUT. AND HERE IS A BIG BUT. FRUIT TREES NEED A LOT OF WAYER. THINK LUSH ORCHARDS WITH LOTS OF GRASS AND SHEEP AND STUFF. WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GIVE YOUR TREES THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE JUICY FRUIT? WIND DRIES THINGS UP ALMOST FASTER THAN SUNSHINE. THE TWO TOGETHER WILL MEAN THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE WATERING THEM AT LEAST DAILY IN SUMMER TIME.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.