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horseshoes | 17:48 Tue 30th May 2017 | Home & Garden
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Well I've got my "fruit corner" ready for action. I wanted a cherry tree and an apple tree so off we went to choose them yesterday. Not as easy as I thought. I chose a self fertile one - James Grieve - but was told that even though it's self fertile, I'd need another one. So, I asked about cooking apples instead. They, I was told are triploid, and that I'd need 3. I can home Nd checked the RHS site (because I'm such a doubting Thomas) and it said more or less the same thing. It did mention that if there were crab apple trees in the area I would be OK. Round the corner in the next lane there are a lot of crab apple trees, probably about 200 yards away. Would these be close enough to pollinate my tree? I only have room really for 2 trees and I really wanted a cherry and an apple, but I'll forgo the cherry if necessary. So, are any of you apple tree growers and if so, what do you recommend? T.I.A.

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If the cherry tree you want is to be a sweet cherry, and you want the fruit, you'll need a Morello to go with it. Unless a neighbour has a cooking-cherry tree near enough to cross-pollinate. Morellos don't need another cherry, though. And Morello-cherry jam is magnificent.
Blossom's not bad, either, but any cherry tree grown for fruit will need to be netted.
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Thanks Atalanta, it's not so straightforward as it seems is it?! I'll learn though. So excited to have a fruit corner!
If you want fruit and have little space, why not try raspberries ? No need for cross-pollination, few diseases that I know of, no need to net the plants, and raspberry jam is our favourite !
I have got a stella cherry tree which is self fertile and has set fruit this year with no other edible cherry nearby.
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Thanks Woof. That's good to know.
I have a lone Bramley that does very well, presumably aided by a Crab apple tree about 100 yards away.

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