Inspired by Nanny Beach's marvellous fruit trees I really want to plant a fruit tree in the middle of my lawn.
It can't be a monster as there is not a huge amount of space.
Is there a smallish one that won't grow too big?
I MISSED THE FRUIT TREE PICTURES(?) OF NANNY BEACH.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO EAT, HOPEFULLY.
DO YOU LIKE APPLES? EATING OR COOKING? DO YOU PREFER PEARS OR MAYBE PLUMS? AGAIN, DO YOU LIKE EATING PLUMS OR COOKERS?
OR MAYBE YOU DON'T MIND BECAUSE YOU ARE MORE INTERESTED IN THE BLOSSOM?
ALMOST ANY FRUIT TREE CAN BE MADE SMALL - IT'S JUST A MATTER OF CHOOSING A SMALL ROOTSTOCK.
LOTS TO THINK ABOUT.
If you only want one, unless you have a close neighbour with a suitable pollinator, it will need to be self fertile, or one of those family trees, with more than one variety grafted on.
You'll also need to remove grass around the tree, so that its roots don't have competition from the grass. At RHS Rosemoor they have squares of about 1.2 m x 1.2 m of bare soil around each apple tree in their orchard, if I recall correctly.
Really? I'm not sure I could do more than 2 feet.
IF IT'S A LITTLE TREE A LITTLE EMPTY SPACE WILL BE FINE. IT IS ONLY TO LET RAIN PENETRATE THE TOP LAYER OF SOIL.
I think 2 feet should be fine, but it's especially important for apples on M27 rootstock, I'm told, because the roots are so weak they can't deal with the competition from grass. The best thing would be to buy from a specialist nursery and ask them.