THE BARE ROOT SEASON IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2021 AND ALL BARE ROOT ORDERS WILL BE MOVED TO NOVEMBER 2021
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
1 Year Maiden Bare Root Trees
If you plant a 1 Year maiden tree and do not prune it at all, it will grow a little more upright and have more clear stem.
Buy Our Bare Root Apple Trees Because......
Herefordshire Russet Eating Apple (BARE ROOT)
The Herefordshire Russet apple tree is another derivative from the Cox family (not the infamous Dr Cox from the TV episode Scrubs, he is more nuts than apples) and comes with some of the same excellent taste. It has excellent eating qualities, whatever that means we are not sure, that is just what the catalogue said. The catalogue also said it had lots of money and tasted nice, at least that is what we took from "rich aromatic flavour".
Pick the apples in early October and expect to store them until late January so you could say these apples store well and suitable for juicing. Also suitable for most parts of the UK except maybe those rain deluged, wind swept, permafrost places in North West Scotland that are only known to exist from space photographs. Possibly not so great for the East of England but that is only down to expected Global warming and you lot are expected to be underwater so seaweed is probably going to be your only successful crop. So in summary, we stand by our "suitable for most parts of the UK" statement until the thermometer goes up.
From a disease perspective, the Herefordshire Russet has excellent resistance to Scab and good resistance to Mildew. Herefordshire Russet also provides quite a large harvest (under the right conditions which exclude hungry Victorian orphans living next door).
Herefordshire Russet apple trees are listed as being partially self-fertile which means you "should" get a crop without another Apple tree near by. To be sure, plant another C3 tree close by. A C2 or C4 will also do but this is a good option, the best option is to choose an apple tree from the same group. Under good conditions you can be sure you will be thinning the apples out.
Month Of Fruiting: October
Type Of Apple: Eating + Juicing
Fertility: (C3) PARTIALLY SELF-FERTILE. Does not need another apple tree close by to produce fruit but your harvest will be improved by another apple tree in group C2,C3 or C4 close by.
Bare Root Apple Tree Jargon Explained
The options we give you when selecting an Apple tree are made up of the following terms.
| ||M25 ||Mature height around 4.5 + metres, slower to reach full fruit production but much more of it. || |
| ||MM106 ||Mature height of around 3.6 metres, slower to reach full fruit production but more of it compared to M9, M26 and M27. || |
| ||M9 ||Grows to a final height of around 2.5 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quite quickly. || |
| ||M26 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.0 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quite quickly. || |
| ||M27 ||Grows to a final height of around 1.5 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quickly. || |
| ||Straight Lead ||1m or clear trunk i.e. no branches || |
| ||Cordon ||Pruned to produce apples very quickly (1-3 years), favoured with commercial growers. More columnar than round shape. Less of a harvest compared to MM106. || |
| ||Bush ||Clear stem of 45cm before branches grow out. A vase like shape with an open centre. || |
| ||Half Standard ||Clear stem of around 1 m. Conventional tree shape e.g. lollipop, allowing easy grass mowing or companion planting. || |
| ||Maiden ||1-2 years old, no pruning or shaping has taken place. A blank slate for you to shape and train e.g. fan or espalier. Not advisable to plant and leave, will need pruning for 2 more years. || |
| ||Patio ||Ideal for container growing. Usually comes with a root stock that keeps the fruit tree quite small so can be grown in pots. || |
| ||Self Fertile ||Will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby. || |
| ||C1,C2,C3,C4,C5 ||If your apple tree is NOT SELF FERTILE (they will be listed if they are) then you will need a second apple tree nearby of a similar number i.e. the same or one above or one below. So an apple tree from a C3 requires a C2, C3 or C4 planted close by for it to produce fruit. Triploids are an exception, see below. || |
| ||Bare Root ||Available from November to March only. Comes with no pot or dirt around roots and is cheaper than potted options. Orders purchased outside this time will be held for delayed delivery until the next season starts. || |
| ||1 or 2 Year ||How old the tree is. The roots are usually 2 years older than the rest of the tree. || |
| ||TRIPLOID ||You have a selfish tree. It will be pollinated by other trees but the pollen it has to offer is useless. See TRIPLOID POLLINATION for more information. || |
Planting A Maiden Apple Tree And Leaving
The tree will grow but will likely have problems. You may have long thin branches that snap under the weight of a heavy apples crop, the foliage could become too dense trapping moisture and allowing disease in and it may have an odd unbalanced shape to it. We strongly advise pruning for 3 years. Have a look on Youtube for pruning maiden fruit trees.
Bare Root Apple Tree Ages And Heights
Heights vary depending on root stock however 1.25 to 2 metres tall is an average apple tree height at delivery.
All bare root plants need to be planted between November and March whereas our containerised apple trees can be planted all year round. Height can be restricted by pruning or putting the apple tree in a container to restrict growth (minimum 30 litres, smaller the pot, smaller the tree will be)
Select the root stock you desire from the list above or if you are unsure, telephone us on 0800 043 1057 or use the enquiry page.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.