Fruit Trees

Whether you're an experienced gardener or a newcomer looking to green your thumb, Thompson’s Plants offers an exciting variety of fruit trees that can transform your garden into a bountiful orchard. Our local branches are brimming with options, so while our webshop is gradually expanding its listings, a visit to one of our stores will showcase our complete and diverse range of fruit trees. Let’s dive into how you can start growing your own fruit, whether you have a spacious garden or just a cosy balcony.

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Top 3 Fruit Trees for Your Garden

1. Apple Trees: Varieties range from ‘Gala’ to ‘Bramley’, ensuring that whether you prefer eating apples or cooking varieties, there's an apple tree suited to every garden.

2. Pear Trees: Pears are another great choice for British gardens, with their delightful blossoms in spring and sweet fruits in autumn. 

3. Plum Trees: With their modest size and high yields, plum trees are perfect for private gardens.

Caring for Your Fruit Trees

Caring for fruit trees is a rewarding endeavour that does require some basic knowledge and regular upkeep. Here are a few essential tips:

  • Sunlight and Spacing: Fruit trees need plenty of sunlight, so place them in a sunny part of your garden or balcony. Ensure adequate space between trees to allow for air circulation and sunlight exposure.
  • Watering and Feeding: Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry spells. Fruit trees also benefit from seasonal fertilisation to ensure healthy growth and maximum fruit production.
  • Pruning and Maintenance: Annual pruning helps maintain vigour, shape the tree, and improve fruit yield. It's also important to check regularly for pests and diseases.

Top 5 Fruits to Grow on Your Balcony

If space is limited and you only have a balcony, you can still enjoy the freshness of home-grown fruit:

1. Strawberries: Easy to grow in containers, strawberries can thrive on a sunny balcony and don't require much space to produce a generous yield.

2. Tomatoes: While not traditionally thought of as fruit, tomatoes are botanically classified as such and are incredibly suitable for balcony growing. Hanging baskets or pots can support cherry or grape tomato varieties wonderfully.

3. Dwarf Citrus Trees: Compact varieties of citrus trees, like dwarf lemons or limes, can be very successful on balconies. They need a sunny spot and regular watering to flourish and bear fruit.

4. Blueberries: Blueberry bushes can be grown in containers, making them perfect for balcony settings. 

5. Raspberries: Container varieties of raspberries can adapt well to balcony life. Opt for a compact variety and ensure they get ample sunlight and regular pruning to maximize fruit production.


Growing Your Own Fruit: Tools You’ll Need

Embarking on your fruit-growing journey is easier with the right tools. Here are some essentials:

  • Pruning Shears: Essential for shaping your trees and removing dead or overgrown branches.
  • Garden Fork and Spade: Useful for preparing the soil when planting your trees.
  • Watering Can or Hose: Ensures deep watering that reaches the roots.
  • Gloves and Secateurs: Protect your hands and help with finer pruning tasks.

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Visit Thompson's for Tasty Fruit Trees

At Thompson’s Plants, we are passionate about helping you bring the joys of fruit gardening into your life. Whether you’re looking to start an orchard or just add some green to your balcony, we invite you to visit your local Thompson's branch. Experience our wide range of delicious fruit trees and benefit from the expertise of our friendly staff who are always ready to help you select the perfect trees for your space and provide tips for their care. Grow your own fruits and enjoy the taste of freshness right from your garden or balcony!