THE Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has revealed that over two fifths (41%) of gardeners mistakenly believe that fruit trees and berries should be planted in spring, whilst in actual fact autumn is the key time to do so.
Despite the surge in grow your own gardening; many people still overlook the possibilities of home grown fruit trees and berries.
There is an amazing number of tasty, unusual fruit such as gooseberries, blueberries and loganberries that will happily grow in the UK climate.
Through it’s Autumn ‘Plan it, Plant it’ campaign, the HTA aims to encourage gardeners to start planting their fruit and berries plants when the soil is at its best.
Small fruit and berries are nutritious, easy to grow at home and relatively low-maintenance, but planting them is a long-term commitment and it can take several seasons before fruit is seen.
And as the greatest abundance of fruit tends to appear in late summer and early autumn, it’s important to plant them during the autumn season and early winter.
Both raspberries and blackberries can be planted as bare root plants in the autumn months. Raspberry varieties such as Autumn Treasure and Autumn Bliss can be grown in both beds and containers.
Blackberry varieties such as Loch Less, Silva and Adrienne are also planted from September/October onwards in a sunny spot and will produce an abundance of fruit the following year.
Fruit trees – which can be divided into two categories: Pip Fruit like apples and pears, and Stone Fruit such as plums and apricots – are best planted in the autumn which is considered nature’s time to plant.
Newly planted trees do best when exposed to moderate temperatures and rainfall and they need time to root and acclimatize before the onset of summer heat or the harsher temperatures of winter.
For more information and planting hints and tips, visit www.the-hta.org.uk