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Fruit


Growing fruit brings its own challenges.

The main decision on fruit trees is typically one of which variety is best suited to my area and perhaps less problematic which rootstock to have it growing on.

Apples, pears and plums can all be excellent in our area.

The big question when growing soft fruit is how much of it to share with the local wild-life or how much protection to invest in to maintain some control.

A lovely problem can be what to do with the fruit in the event of a bumper harvest.

We usually have an all year round stock of container grown fruit trees and we will likewise usually have container grown fruit bushes in stock.

Bare root fruit will only be available to order in season.

We have listed our Top Ten.


Top Ten Fruit Trees and Bushes

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Malus domestica Sunset (Apple Sunset)

This is a dessert apple or an "eater". It has pink flowers in the Spring and it's fruit has a sweet-sharp flavour and stores well. It is fairly disease resistant.

Soil: Any well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Prunus avium Stella Cherry (sweet) "Stella"

Stella bears black cherries in late July. It is self-fertile and because it flowers early it needs to be planted in a warm sheltered site.

Soil: Any deep fertile well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Ribes nigrum "Ben Lomond" (Blackcurrant)

Bred near Dundee, Ben Lomond is a late flowering variety. It is moderately susceptible to mildew.

Soil: Moist well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Rubus idaeus Glen Ample (Raspberry Glen Ample)

This variety has heavy yields as the name suggests. The rasps are of excellent flavour and are ready in July.

Soil: Any moist, fertile well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Fragaria x ananassa Cambridge Favourite (Strawberry Cambridge Favourite)

Cambridge Scarlet has medium sized fruit with a good flavour in mid-season. It is a good producer of runners and has excellent disease resistance.

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Vaccinium corymbosum "Patriot" (Blueberry Patriot)

These are handsome deciduous shrubs with white flowers in Spring, blue berries in summer and the added bonus of fine autumn colour.

Soil: Moist but well drained, acid soil
Situation: Sheltered site in full sun or partial shade


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Prunus cerasifera Gypsy (Mirabelle Gypsy)

This is a modern Cherry Plum bred in Britain. It has white blossom in the Spring and the fruit is bright red with an orange sugary tasting flesh. It is partially self-fertile. Although primarily used for cooking purposes, Gypsy is one of the best for eating.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Prunus domestica Victoria (Victoria Plum)

This is a popular plum because it's fruit in August are superbly sweet, juicy and versatile. It is self-fertile.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil
Situation: Full sun


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Ribes uva-crispa Invicta (Gooseberry Invicta)

A green culinary variety of gooseberry that has some resistance to mildew and leaf spot. It crops heavily has quite good flavour. It is very vigorous with a spreading habit and large thorns.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil
Situation: Sheltered site in full sun or partial shade


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Ribes rubrum Rovada (Redcurrant Rovada)

This is the best redcurrant variety. It is a late fruiting variety with a good flavour and is slf-fertile. It is disease resistant and good in pots.

Soil: Moist, well drained soil
Situation: Sheltered position in sun or partial shade


Opening Times


2017 Spring Opening Days and hours:-

Monday to Saturday 0800 - 1700

Sunday 1000 - 1700


For those who can't visit we are happy to send plants by mail.

For further information

01463 741698 or 01463 741365

shop@highlandliliums.co.uk

Directions


From Inverness you head west on the A862 then take the A833 to Kiltarlity.

Once through the Village just follow the signs for 'Garden Centre'.

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