Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Container Gardening: Apples and Pears in a Pot...

Courtesy of Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hi Friends,

Popular for pots, apples grown on the dwarf rootstocks M27, M9 or M26 are widely available. The choice of pears is smaller, but look for those grown on Quince C or Quince A. All of these compact trees produce full-sized fruit. If you have space, grow several and enjoy a variety of different flavors from late summer and throughout the autumn. Popular apple varieties include 'Egremont Russet', 'Cox's Orange Pippin', 'Discovery', golden yellow 'Elstar' and 'Blenheim Orange'with its crisp, nutty flavor. The pear varieties 'Williams' Bon Chretien', 'Doyenne du Comice'and 'Dwarf Lilliput' are ideal for containers. If space is really limited, you can buy two different fruits grafted on to one rootstock, offering two flavors for the price of one. Planting and care is the same for apples and pears. Keep pots well watered throughout the spring and summer.

'Fiesta' apples are widely available on dwarf rootstocks, and are sometimes sold as 'Red Pippin'. The red fruit has a flavor very similar to English 'Cox's Orange Pippin' and is ready to pick in mid-fall.

Enjoy your next apple pie or pear cobbler from your very own container garden...

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