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Apple trees for Northern Ireland

Question: I was advised by the National Trust to contact you regarding advice on apple trees for Northern Ireland. I am looking to plant 5 oblique cordons in my garden (bareroot maiden whips)– 3 eaters (of which at least one good keeper) , 1 cooker and 1 good juicer. I live on the north coast of Northern ...

Advice as to varieties

Question: I want to buy two apple trees for my garden and would like some advice as to varieties. I find that some apples are quite acid (Cox’s pippins, Braeburn etc) and as I don’t know the names of your varieties, I don’t know how to choose. I’ve been advised to eat a more alkaline diet ...

Pollination Group Cooker

Question: I recently obtained a Lubera Era (the Redlove) apple tree as a present. This tree is apparently in the same pollination group as the Braeburn, although I am waiting on confirmation of this from Mr. Middleton. I would like to purchase a cooking apple variety that would be suitable for pollination with my Lubera. I am ...

Struggling Orchard

Question: I already have Scarlet Crofton, Sam Young, Red Stripe and Uncle Tom's cooker but they have not done all that well. Probably because I have not managed to keep them as free of grass competition as they need and partly I think because of the site, which is exposed and a thinish soil (reasonably ...

Economics of Organic orchard

Question: I am interested ! in an organic orchard and would like to know the economics of say 5 acres of apple trees and the work involved. Answer: Unfortunately we may not be the best source of information for this. We do not work to that scale with varieties for production to market. We have many varieties on ...

Historical importance to Northern Ireland

Question: My desire is to promote and sell fruit trees (apple, pear, plum etc.) to the general public for domestic growing I would like varieties of historical importance to Northern Ireland and the capability of producing a healthy and reasonable sized crop. I would also appreciate your advice on these crops and tree suppliers. Answer: Our website has a fruit ...

Royal Gala

Question: I am hoping to plant a ROYAL GALA apple tree.  Would you recommend this in an Irish climate and if so, would I need a pollinator.  I have looked at various main and pollinator tree varieties on the Internet. Answer: I have no prior experience of Royal Gala, as you might guess it is not a heritage apple. ...

Sources of Apples in Ireland

Question: Can you direct me to any research as to the sources of apples in ireland?  What percentage is domestically produced? Is that increasing?  We have an ideal climate for then yet you can rarely buy them? Answer: I don't have information on commercial apple production levels in ireland... Thats more a question for an bord bia or ...

Late frosts

Question: I live in Co Tyrone and we have late frost sometimes in spring. I would like some apple and pear trees. Could you suggest which varieties I should get please? I would like cooking and eating apple types. Thank you. Answer: Frost during blossom time is a problem to all apple & pear trees. Frost can burn blossoms ...

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