Saturday, 5 April 2014

planting the apple tree

This photo was taken a few days ago of mr digandweed down on the allotment with the little apple tree .
 
It is a rosette apple tree; a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law.
 

 
It has been tucked away in a sheltered corner of our garden away from damaging winds and frost, but, down on the lottie,
the ground had already been prepared and it was time to plant it out.
There has been much talk recently in the media about mycorrhizal fungus which can be bought in garden centres and is said to aid root formation and help plants to establish more quickly.
 
As a trial, we sprinkled some into the hole before planting the tree.
 
 

 
 The tree already looks right at home in its new position.

 
 

 
 
Meanwhile. the plum tree is covered in delicate white blossom; the promise of a harvest to come!

 
 
 
 postscript
 
A quick trip down to the lottie this morning revealed little buds opening on the apple tree.
 
 
 Fingers crossed for a bountiful harvest!
 
 
 


9 comments:

  1. Your shed in the background looks lovely.

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    1. Thank you! Lovely daughter number 2 painted it when we first got the allotment.

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  2. Hello:

    It is always so exciting to plant a tree of any kind and we are certain that your small apple tree will get away very quickly.

    With any pot grown plant, tease out the roots quite brutally, even cutting some, to encourage a strong rootstock and growth. But perhaps this you know.

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    1. Thank you for your tip. The roots were quite loose already, but we did loosen them a bit more.

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  3. I saw Chris Pennard give a talk a few weeks ago and he really stressed how important the preparations is for planting fruit. Looks like you've done a good job. Your shed is beautiful, did you paint it your self?

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    1. Thank you. Hoping that the mycorrhizal fungus gets it off to a good start. Youngest daughter painted the shed soon after we got the allotment.

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  4. Lovely looking shed, what a clever daughter you have, your apple tree seems to have settled in well. Have a good week. xx

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  5. Yes, that's a very fine looking shed you have... your daughter has a real talent. And it looks like all your preparation for the apple tree planting is paying off already.

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  6. Those buds opening are a very good sign your tree has settled in. We had fruit trees in our last garden (home grown apples are just the best!) but sadly none here.

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