They're back - Aldi Fruit Trees Only £3.99 from Thursday 5th
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They're back - Aldi Fruit Trees Only £3.99 from Thursday 5th

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Found 30th Jan 2015
Established 2-year-old root balled trees to start growing your own delicious fruit. Choose from 12 varieties.

Posted in previous years and always been popular, had a few myself and always grown on well, some fruit even in first year.

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I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to kill it as the peaches weren't as nice as the one I already had. I then had a brilliant idea. Instead of throwing away the money, I just grafted my nice sweet white flesh peach onto it. I also grafted some cherry, plum, hazelnut and damson branches onto this plant. I was annoyed though as It was LABELLED APRICOT! Should have reported them to Trading Standards for misinformation!

aym280

I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to … I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to kill it as the peaches weren't as nice as the one I already had. I then had a brilliant idea. Instead of throwing away the money, I just grafted my nice sweet white flesh peach onto it. I also grafted some cherry, plum, hazelnut and damson branches onto this plant. I was annoyed though as It was LABELLED APRICOT! Should have reported them to Trading Standards for misinformation!




hmmm. sounds like you've created something a bit freaky.

aym280

I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to … I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to kill it as the peaches weren't as nice as the one I already had. I then had a brilliant idea. Instead of throwing away the money, I just grafted my nice sweet white flesh peach onto it. I also grafted some cherry, plum, hazelnut and damson branches onto this plant. I was annoyed though as It was LABELLED APRICOT! Should have reported them to Trading Standards for misinformation!


Sounds a bit like my marriage 'cept t'other way around. Thought I was marrying a peach....turned out to be a lemon. Hmmm.....grafting. Now that's an interesting idea. I wonder if I could get away with........narh probably not.

FriesWithThat

Sounds a bit like my marriage 'cept t'other way around. Thought I was … Sounds a bit like my marriage 'cept t'other way around. Thought I was marrying a peach....turned out to be a lemon. Hmmm.....grafting. Now that's an interesting idea. I wonder if I could get away with........narh probably not.



when life gives you lemons..you paint that shjit gold

These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit trees to come and have sex with them.

made the mistake once of buying a cheap fruit tree - never again. They are not usually grafted onto dwarf rootstock and therefore will outgrow many gardens. The one I bought has branches too weak to hold much fruit so most has to be removed. As I dislike killing things I am stuck with it and dont have room for something better. These are cheap for a reason.

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ScroopEgerton

These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit … These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit trees to come and have sex with them.


I think some of them are self pollinating but some aren't, says on the label.

need to get some myself... thanks for the post OP
planted a cherry in the past- the tree just grew and no cherry, had to chop it off.

FriesWithThat

Sounds a bit like my marriage 'cept t'other way around. Thought I was … Sounds a bit like my marriage 'cept t'other way around. Thought I was marrying a peach....turned out to be a lemon. Hmmm.....grafting. Now that's an interesting idea. I wonder if I could get away with........narh probably not.



Metaphorically, grafting = bits on the side! Only a joke!X):D

buzzard

made the mistake once of buying a cheap fruit tree - never again. They … made the mistake once of buying a cheap fruit tree - never again. They are not usually grafted onto dwarf rootstock and therefore will outgrow many gardens. The one I bought has branches too weak to hold much fruit so most has to be removed. As I dislike killing things I am stuck with it and dont have room for something better. These are cheap for a reason.



I quite agree. I also bought an apple tree from this Aldi and they were a bit dry (it took me 2 years to discover that I had a peach tree, NOT an apricot (fuming!) and one to discover the apples were sad! I learned the lessons that: I won't put fruit trees to ground any more as some grow like mad or sad or both! - one had not fruited for 3 years and then last year, bang! It was loaded with fruits rotting on the branches. I just grafted all and sundries into 4 trees. It might be a good idea to leave them in pot to see whether you like the fruit or not before committing it to ground. I will have to use a chain saw to get rid of my temperamental Victorian plums and the pathetic dansom!

Banned

aym280

I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to … I bought one labelled Apricot which turned out to be peach! I wanted to kill it as the peaches weren't as nice as the one I already had. I then had a brilliant idea. Instead of throwing away the money, I just grafted my nice sweet white flesh peach onto it. I also grafted some cherry, plum, hazelnut and damson branches onto this plant. I was annoyed though as It was LABELLED APRICOT! Should have reported them to Trading Standards for misinformation!



I want to create a Frankenstein tree too! Great idea.

ScroopEgerton

These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit … These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit trees to come and have sex with them.



fnaar fnaar

aym280

I quite agree. I also bought an apple tree from this Aldi and they were a … I quite agree. I also bought an apple tree from this Aldi and they were a bit dry (it took me 2 years to discover that I had a peach tree, NOT an apricot (fuming!) and one to discover the apples were sad! I learned the lessons that: I won't put fruit trees to ground any more as some grow like mad or sad or both! - one had not fruited for 3 years and then last year, bang! It was loaded with fruits rotting on the branches. I just grafted all and sundries into 4 trees. It might be a good idea to leave them in pot to see whether you like the fruit or not before committing it to ground. I will have to use a chain saw to get rid of my temperamental Victorian plums and the pathetic dansom!



I think your expecting a lot for not many pennies. also fruit trees have good and bad years. the weather is a dominating factor.

I've had great results with Aldi fruit trees and if I had room is definetlt but more

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bec3105

I've had great results with Aldi fruit trees and if I had room is … I've had great results with Aldi fruit trees and if I had room is definetlt but more



What terrible spelling!!....
I've had great results with Aldi fruit trees and if I had the room I'd definitely buy more.

That's better :-)

Question

Is it right to kill a 6m tree that is annoying and pop 4/5 fruit trees in its place.

Thats my dilema

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ciarandanielbyrne1

QuestionIs it right to kill a 6m tree that is annoying and pop 4/5 fruit … QuestionIs it right to kill a 6m tree that is annoying and pop 4/5 fruit trees in its place.Thats my dilema



Yes. Especially if you have a wood burner!!

Good luck with these. Bare root trees have a much less chance of surviving than potted.

When you buy one it needs to be planted quickly and not when its frosty.

How do you graft a tree?

cpuld you keep them in pots instead of the ground? (total novice gardener who wants a nicer garden)

Ive had a few of these in the last few years and they are growing well with little care needed in containers. Unlike the £20 tree i had bought from Thompson Morgan that was small on arrival,looked ill and died soon after.
So cheap aint necessarily bad ?




noonshuine

How do you graft a tree?


Chop section to create a platform to attach to attach section from the other tree.
It will need some form of support until they have properly fused.

hooray henry

Ive had a few of these in the last few years and they are growing well … Ive had a few of these in the last few years and they are growing well with little care needed in containers. Unlike the £20 tree i had bought from Thompson Morgan that was small on arrival,looked ill and died soon after.So cheap aint necessarily bad ?

£20 for a Thompson Morgan sick stick! Did you complain? I've found their refunds are far better than their plants.

qbs

£20 for a Thompson Morgan sick stick! Did you complain? I've found their … £20 for a Thompson Morgan sick stick! Did you complain? I've found their refunds are far better than their plants.


Yeh refunded,stopped using them since.

Yes but you need a biggish pot, say 20" plus, and some types are more suited than others. I think the Aldi ones are intended to go outside. Wilkinson's do decent fruit trees too, though not as cheap as Aldi.

Sorry - that was a reply to 'Can u grow them in pots?'. HotDeals not so good on phones.

You can't go and buy a fruit tree and expect it to give you lots of fruit the following year. The branches have GOT to be pruned rather harshly because a tree with long spindly branches can't and won't provide nice sweet fruit. Short branches, not too many of them, take it from there. I bought 4 last Spring: Opal plum, Jonagold, Bramley and conference pear. I only planted the conference but put the others in huge pots. I have to say, the pear hasn't grown much but it look look a bit healthier than the others! I'm looking forward to spring and see how their leaves develop.
Edited by: "squiff" 30th Jan 2015

ScroopEgerton

These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit … These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit trees to come and have sex with them.

lol,what qoute

bec3105

CommentWhat terrible spelling!!....I've had great results with Aldi fruit … CommentWhat terrible spelling!!....I've had great results with Aldi fruit trees and if I had the room I'd definitely buy more.That's better :-)



I see that the spelling police are policing themselves! Good work Now all we need is a good cover up. May I suggest digital tip ex to anyone?

mrsbargainhunter2011

cpuld you keep them in pots instead of the ground? (total novice gardener … cpuld you keep them in pots instead of the ground? (total novice gardener who wants a nicer garden)



yes but in time they will need a bigger pot. you can keep adding nutrients to the soil in the form of homemade compost as the soil in the container will start to run out of the goodness the plant will need to thrive. if you plant a tree ( or anything really),and just water, eventually they become spindly or sad looking unless you feed.

buzzard

made the mistake once of buying a cheap fruit tree - never again. They … made the mistake once of buying a cheap fruit tree - never again. They are not usually grafted onto dwarf rootstock and therefore will outgrow many gardens. The one I bought has branches too weak to hold much fruit so most has to be removed. As I dislike killing things I am stuck with it and dont have room for something better. These are cheap for a reason.



I have had the same experience as hoorayhenry. I bought trees from Thompson & Morgan and they arrived in terrible condition and have never recovered. Cheap plum tree from Aldi surprised me by fruiting (nice sweet fruit) first year. Cost is no guarantee of quality. At least if you see the tree before buying you can make your own assessment of it's health. Most labels will also tell you the height the tree is expected to reach.

To all the gardeners out there, I have a mature cherry tree that is getting way too tall. When's the best time to prune and how aggressive can I be with the pruning?

Thanks in advance :-)

Dave

I'm waiting for them to start selling money trees!

MRGRINGO

I think your expecting a lot for not many pennies. also fruit trees have … I think your expecting a lot for not many pennies. also fruit trees have good and bad years. the weather is a dominating factor.


Thinking that,victoria plums especially.Got none last year,year before was giving them away.Plant a pear for your heir as they say.

ScroopEgerton

These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit … These are not self-polinating, you will need to get some local fruit trees to come and have sex with them.



"Self-polinating" is meaningless. Most of these varieties are fully or partially self-fertile. The two oddities are the Jonagold and Bramley which are triploids. Self-fertile trees don't need pollination partners, partially self-fertile ones will perform better with pollination partners around. Triploids need a pollinator as they don't produce viable pollen for their own use (or for use by other trees).

These are great trees. I bought 13 last year to grow as cordons and fans and they're all doing great.

Wirral_guy

To all the gardeners out there, I have a mature cherry tree that is … To all the gardeners out there, I have a mature cherry tree that is getting way too tall. When's the best time to prune and how aggressive can I be with the pruning?Thanks in advance :-)Dave



Early to mid-Summer. Stone fruits shouldn't be pruned in Winter because of the risk of Silver Leaf and canker. Is it a fruiting tree or an ornamental cherry?

ceres

Early to mid-Summer. Stone fruits shouldn't be pruned in Winter because … Early to mid-Summer. Stone fruits shouldn't be pruned in Winter because of the risk of Silver Leaf and canker. Is it a fruiting tree or an ornamental cherry?



Thanks.

It's a fruiting tree. It fruits very heavily but I can't reach most of them because they are so high up.

Dave

Well, if I had a cherry like that, I'd get myself some ladders rather than remove the fruiting wood. If you have to do renovation pruning it's better to do it over three years, removing one third each year.

ALDI are a bit predictable in their offerings - same stuff, same week, year after year Only difference being it now takes twice as long to get served, with their new found increase in customers - but same number of checkouts open at any given time!

jhw

ALDI are a bit predictable in their offerings - same stuff, same week, … ALDI are a bit predictable in their offerings - same stuff, same week, year after year



Well for plants it's a pretty sensible approach as availability is synchronised with optimum planting time.
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