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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:17 pm    Post subject: apple trees on a windy site Reply with quote

general question , i would like to plant a good few apple trees in my garden however it is quite windy there is always some bit of a breeze would i be better off planting something hardier like rowan maybe or will a particular type of apple tree be okay
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also live on a windy site and I have been told that wind is a problem for fruit trees in two ways: firstly the blossom itself can be damaged and secondly apparently bees don't pollinate in windy conditions.
My own solution has been to plant one-year old trees and a beech hedge to act as a windbreak...in the hope that by the time the trees are starting to produce fruit, the hedge will have grown.
How about contacting Seedsavers in Co. Clare ? ( http://www.irishseedsavers.ie/ ) They are a really interesting organisation.
They may be able to advise you and even to suggest some old Irish varieties that were grown in your type of conditions.
You have all summer to do your research in and then you can plant the trees in the autumn, if you decide to go ahead.
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