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white transparent

Question? My mother asked me to get in touch with you regarding an apple tree that she has in her garden – she thinks its called ‘white transparent’ It would have been planted by her father approx. 70 years ago. The apples are pale green in colour and have what looks like a seam running up ...

Scion wood

Question? Do you have any more detailed information about the apple variety's with regard to taste, disease resistance , etc. I would like to get some Irish varieties. Also how much is entry fee to the orchard as we are planning a visit in early August. Thanks for the reply and information contained on the links. i ...

Quince

Question? I am hoping to get some quince trees. Just wondering do you supply same? I'd be grateful if you could let me know - variety and price, etc Answer: thank you for your query, unfortunately the answer is that we have not propagated any quince this year. I hope we will do this in the future as ...

Native Irish Pears

Question? Do you have any native Irish pear varieties? Answer: There are no varieties considered native. Pears arrived in Ireland through Belgium and France etc, particularly through monks who were avid fruit growers who traveled between European monasteries. Our collection contains pears considered to grow well in Ireland, but their origins as i say are from elsewhere in Europe. Please ...

Goat damage

Question? our goat has successfully stripped the bark off two of our best apple trees, not entirely. Are they beyond help? What can we do? Is anyone looking for a very friendly puck goat? Answer: if the bark has been striped around the whole of the tree, the top of the tree will die off definetely; ...

Cordon Trees

Question? I am setting up two lines of cordon apple trees, I am planning two rows of six trees. I had hoped to get some Westmeath varieties but you have sold out! Can you recommend a) another nursery where I might possibly get Belvedere House and b) if not can you recommend a ...

Scab in West Clare

Question? I wonder if you could give me some insight in your vast experience with apple trees? I have a farm in West Clare, and my apple trees suffered badly from scab last summer, as the weather was rather wet. Now I heard about winter wash that could be applied to prevent this from happening again. ...

Fruit trees for schools

Question? I am a transition year student in Dublin. I am enquiring about native irish trees and shrubs such as apple trees that may not be used frequently. We are growing our own vegtables and trees in transition year, as we have a lot of space that we want to put to good use. We would ...

Pruning trees

Question? Question concerning apple trees. I bought 8 apple trees 6 years ago. One died but the rest are doing fine. I haven’t touched them since they were planted, but they are growing straight up, Getting a little too high and not producing much fruit. What do I need to do to them , cut them down a bit ? Answer: they are ...

Malus sylvestris

Question? I am looking for a wild crab apple tree Malus sylvestris, the bigger the better. Can you help? Answer: the crab apple in our collection is Lough Key Crab - it is a beautiful tree with unusually purple / red / green leaves and lovely pink blossom in spring time. We will have it on sale as ...

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