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.
Bare Root Stella Star Gage Tree. Click the link for Containerised Stella Star Gage Tree
The bare root Stella Star Gage tree is a good fruit tree for someone looking for large amounts of Gage and is impatient as the Stella Star provides fruit earlier (early August) compared to other Gage trees and typically lots of it.
The mild Gage taste is agreeable for those seeking eating fruits or those wanting to cook with them e.g. jams, pies etc.
Suitable for the majority of UK locations however if you run an Antarctic training centre somewhere in the North of Scotland then your expectations may not be met.
Compared to other Gage trees, the Stella Star is considered more resistant to diseases and because of its high blossom rate will attract birds, bees etc. This is especially useful if you have a garden of non self-fertile plants requiring their cross pollination services.
Month of Picking: Early-August
Type of Gage: Eating + Cooking
Self-fertile/Not self-fertile: This gage is self-fertile so there is no need for another gage for pollination
This gage is in flowering period is C3 so if you have another gage tree that is not self-fertile, it will pollinate it so long as it is in flowering groups C2,C3 or C4.
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.