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Stone Fruit Collection

Prunus persica, Prunus armeniaca

Hardy Tree

Years ago growing nectarines, peaches and apricots used to be considered difficult for many gardeners. But times have changed and with a warmer climate and modern breeding, it's never been easier to grow your own mouth-watering stone fruits.

The fruit trees in this collection are propagated onto 'Montclare' rootstock to create productive, manageable trees with medium vigour. These trees are self-fertile and therefore do not require pollination companions. The fruits can be harvested in August. Height and spread: Up to 3m (9'). Rootstock: Montclare .

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.

  • Collection comprises 1 tree each of:
  • Peach 'Avalon Pride' - The first Peach Leaf Curl resistant variety bearing pretty pink flowers followed by large, deliciously juicy fruits.
  • Apricot 'Flavourcot®' - Specially bred for the cooler UK climate, to produce huge crops of large egg sized, delicious orange-red fruits with outstanding colour, texture and flavour.

Useful links:

How to grow fruit treesFruit rootstock guide

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, greenhouse, walls and fences, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
March, April
full sun
    • 2 feathered maidens - 1 of each variety

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Plant apricot, nectarine and peach trees in rich fertile, well drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. A south facing position is preferable to provide the spring flowers with protection from damaging frosts. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. If the tree is to be bush trained then drive a stake into the ground prior to planting. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. For wall trained trees attach support wires to the wall prior to planting. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake or support wires, and water well.

Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water regularly during particularly dry periods.

Apricots, nectarines and peaches may be fan trained against a wall or grown as a bush. When pruning it is important to avoid winter pruning as this leaves them prone to silver leaf disease.

To bush train: In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches. In the following spring, select 3 or 4 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. In future years these trees will require only occasional pruning to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. This should be carried out during April. Heavy crops should be thinned when they reach walnut size to reduce stress upon the branches

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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