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Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:41pm

Margaret Griffin


Many of us have pocket size gardens but would still love to grow our own fruit. If so, you need to check the quality dwarf and miniature trees that will thrive in small garden and even large pots.

Cornet apple trees are perfect for any small garden or patio. This miniature apple tree can be grown in a pot or in a bed. These can be grown on a dwarf rootstock and will grow to around six inches.

They look just like a small apple tree and the fruit is regular in size. These can be grown in open ground but they soil has to be rich.

The rootstock are slow growing so the roots aren't able to go for large distances and source their own sustenance so if you are growing in open ground, ensure the local area around the tree has been well enriched and is well nourished. The coronet apple trees will fruit in the first year which is very unusual for fruit trees. It is also extremely low maintenance and requires no pruning.

There are three types of coronets. These are Solo, Family and Companion.

The Solo variety is self-pollinating and requires no other tree. Red Windsor is a real winner in the Solo range.

The Family has two varieties on the one tree and therefor requires no other tree. The best varieties are James Grieve on Elstar or Kathy on Elstar.

The Companion requires another tree to be planted in your garden. Ensure that both trees have the same flowering season to ensure that they will pollinate each other.

Margaret's tips

When planting ensure that you have a large pot, at least 25 litres, or a well prepared bed. We would recommend you use a tree stake and tree tie as this will prevent the tree tilting in a windy position.

Like all fruit trees, they prefer a sunny position and need good feeding. The best way to feed your plant is to use a six-month slow release feed when planting.

Then feed every six months by placing some multi-purpose compost and feed around the base of the tree. Then add a new layer of compost over this again to ensure the feed is not exposed to the weather.

Another great feed is Seamungus, made from seaweed and fishbones. This will ensure that you have the healthiest of plants.

Watering is extremely important for all fruit trees, especially in pots. The compost should always remain moist but not too wet. You can control this by ensure you have good drainage in your bed or container. Then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Happy St Patricks Day!

The shamrock is closely associated with St Patrick. Shamrock itself is a young clover, and the name is an anglicisation of seamair óg or young clover. Famous stories tell of how St Patrick used the shamrock in his teachings.

Shamrock is easy to grow, but they do have a few requirements. They like cool air, moist soil and bright light but not direct sunlight.

On 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, Griffins will host a vintage tractor and car run. This is a free family fun event with traditional music, dancing and lots more.

Roll out is at 11.30am and parking is available at the school in Driipsey with complementary transport available to and from Griffins Garden Centre.

If you would like any garden or patio design and advice, contact Griffins of Dripsey on 021-7334286 or email info@griffinsgardencentre.ie.

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