Fruit and Nut
|Container-grown and rootballed nut and berry special offers|
Updated 18th May 2019
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Aronia offer (reduced further)
Owing to a stocktaking error, we have a surplus of 1yr Aronia Hugin in P9 pots. Hugin is the most compact growing of the aronia, with the smallest but sweetest berries, with the highest content of phenolic compounds (the compounds linked to health benefits). Very suitable to growing as a hedge. Maximum height 1.2-1.5m.
Almost all of the plants offered are in flower and most of them will produce berries this year.
For hedges, plant at 60cm apart. Stand alone bushes intended for maximum berry production can be planted at 1.5m spacing with 3-4m between rows.
Aronia combines very well with cranberry and/or lingonberry (see below) in a sugar-free conserve.
50 plants €90, 100 plants €160, 200 plants €300 Offer closes 15th June (we will be potting up unsold stock to grow on)
Cranberry and Lingonberry Offers
Cowberry/Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
Closely related to the cranberry, the cowberry is native to many European countries including Ireland. It is cultivated on a large scale in many countries, notably Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. The berry is similar to the cranberry but sweeter and less astringent. It prefers drier, well drained acid land but is much more tolerant of wind than the cranberry and will do well in Atlantic coastal regions. To the best of our knowledge it is not cultivated in Ireland.
We offer the following varieties:
Koralle. Light red berries, highly productive and reliable cropper. Slightly fussier in its soil requirements (requires very well drained soil)
Red Pearl. Dark red berries, more tolerant of less-than-ideal soil conditions but yields can be more variable.
Both varieties are highly ornamental.
1yr plants in P9 pots. All the plants are currently in flower and will produce berries this year. 50 plants €80; 100 plants €150; 200 plants €280. Offer closes 9th June (unsold stock will be potted up to grow on)
American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Long cultivated for its tart purple-red berries, popular in cranberry sauce, the American cranberry requires moist, free draining acidic ground to do well. Providing those conditions are met, it is very easy to grow.
Large scale commercial producers construct special beds that can be briefly flooded several times a year. This helps reduce certain pests (generally only a problem in large scale production), control weeds and also facilitates harvest. However, for the small scale producer, cranberries can be easily grown on wide, slightly raised beds. An established bed will yield 1-2kg (occasionally 3kg) per m² (10-20t/ha).
For best results, the water table should be maintained at 30-60cm below the ground surface. The American cranberry does not thrive in permanently waterlogged or very dry ground. The ideal pH is 4.0-5.0 (upper limit 5.5)
We offer the variety Pilgrim, a late high yielding variety with blueberry size purple-red berries, popular in the United States since the 1960s and now grown commercially in Europe. This variety has cropped well at our trial site at Cooloughra.
We believe the cranberry has massive potential in Ireland. Although trialled in the 1980s and 90s by Bord na Mona, the idea at the time was to compete on international markets. Given the two hundred years of experience and know-how of the North American producers, and their huge scale of production this was always somewhat optimisitic!
However, for niche Irish markets, the cranberry is a potential winner. In the United States, cranberries are planted in vast monocultures and are routinely sprayed with fungicides and pesticides (with serious environmental implications. For the small scale or low density producer, cranberries are perfectly suited to organic methods. Cranberries combine well with aronia and apple for a sugar-free cranberry sauce.
1yr plants in P9 pots. Very fast growing. Will produce berries the first season. 50 plants €100, 100 plants €190, 200 plants €360 (offer now closed)
Holm oaks (Quercus ilex)
This is the evergreen oak native to Mediterranean countries. The acorns have a long history of being used for food. Will produce first acorns at about 10 years. Very tough, excellent for seaside exposure. Can be grown as a hedge.
Rootballed Holm oak offer
3yr rootballed plants 18-25cm. 10 trees €30, 50 trees €125. Very good value.
Unless part of a larger order for pallet crate delivery, collection only. Offer closes 31st May
Container grown Holm oak offer
3yr plants in 7L pots. 25-40cm. 10 trees €50
Unless part of a larger order for pallet crate delivery, collection only. Offer closed
Pinus pinea, the Mediterranean stone pine, grows well in Ireland and will produce the first nuts after 8-10 years. It is a tough hardy tree, slow growing with spreading habit, tolerant of frost to -15°C. Hardiness Zone 8. It will grow in any well-drained soil. Very good in coastal locations. This is by far the best choice of pinenut tree for Ireland. For best results for nuts, plant a minimum of 5-6 trees.
4yr trees 40-60cm in 9L airpot
Price: €15 ea, 5 trees €60.
Bulk offers: 20 trees €220, 40 trees: €400
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (quantities less than 20 trees are collection only). Offer closes 31st May
5yr trees 60-90cm in 25L airpot. Really strong trees with good side branches and excellent root development . Some of these trees have flowers this year. The first mature cones can be expected within 3-5 years. Very good value
Price: €40 ea, 5 trees €150, 10 trees €275
Bulk offer 20 trees: €500
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (quantities less than 6 trees are collection only). Offer closes 31st May
Pinus pumilaPinus pumila, the dwarf Siberian pine, is native to the Russian Pacific coast, Northern Japan and parts of Korea and China. Closely related to Pinus koraiensis and Pinus siberica. It forms a dwarf tree or large shrub, occasionally reaching 6 metres but more typically 2-3 metres. Compared to other pinenuts, the nuts are very small. In Siberia and parts of Japan the nuts are harvested for their oil. Of the pinenut trees offered here, the most suitable for really tough situations. Very suited to mass-planting in harsh coastal or upland environments. Compared to its subalpine relatives, grows relatively quickly in Ireland and could be used for as a nurse tree for other low growing species. Hardiness Zone 5
4yr trees 25-35cm in 9L airpot. Very bushy
Price: €15 ea, 5 trees €60, 10 trees €110, 20 trees €200
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (quantities less than 10 trees are collection only). Offer closes 31st May
Pinus wallichiana (syn P.griffithi) - Blue Pine
Native to the Himalayan mountains from Arunachal Pradesh in northern India westwards into Afghanistan. Medium to large tree reaching 35m in favourable native locations. The likely maximum height in Ireland is 20-25m. As the name suggests, the blue pine has distinctive and highly fragrant foliage varying in colour from light green to green- blue, occasionally bright blue. This beautiful tree is regarded as one of the most ornamental of all the pines. It produces a small nut which has potential for nut oil. Quite fast growing tree but requires a sheltered situation to do well.
4yr trees 40-60cm in 12L pot
Price: €10 ea, 5 trees €40, 10 trees €75
Bulk offers: 25 trees €150, 50 trees €275
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (small quantities are collection only). Offer closes 31st May
Pinus peuce - Macedonian Pine
Native to Albania, Macedonia, southwest Bulgaria and northern Greece. Medium to large tree typical maximum height 20-30m. A slow growing and very tough pine, sometimes used as a shelter tree for other species though rarely planted in Ireland. Tolerant of a wide range of soils including acid peat and shallow limestone soils. Good in exposed situations, including coastal areas. Also tolerant of cold sites, including frost pockets. Produces a small nut with potential for nut oil.
4yr trees 25-40cm in 7L pot.
Price: €9 ea, 5 trees €35, 10 trees €60
Bulk offers: 25 trees €125, 50 trees €225
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (small quantities are collection only) Offer closes 31st May
Pinus cembraPinus cembra , the Arolla stone pine, is native to the Alps and Carpathians, where it grows at a higher altitude than any other conifer. It is a very tough tree, capable of thriving in barren stony soil. In its harsh native environment it can take decades to reach nut-bearing age but when cultivated the first nuts appear at about 15 years. Requires well-drained soil. Slow growing, eventually reaching ten to twenty metres. Hardiness Zone 5. For best results, plant more than one tree.
4yr trees 20-30cm in 9L airpot.
Price: €15 ea, 5 trees €60, 10 trees €110, 20 trees €200
Prices exclusive of delivery by pallet crate (quantities less than 10 trees are collection only). Offer now closed