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 Post subject: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:46 am 
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Hello,

I've just bought (last day of June) 2 apple trees in the UK - a Braeburn and a Bramley and potted them in large (80 litre/18 gallon) containers.
I soaked the roots for a few hours and then watered them very well in their pots.

They have no leaves as they were bareroot, but I wanted to know if they stand any chance of surviving this late in the year?

They were reduced to clear in my local shop and I thought I'd give them a try.

Are they likely to grow at all this summer? Would they survive and start next spring?
Any tips/suggestions welcome.

I am very new to gardening and a complete novice, so apologies for my ignorance.


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 Post subject: Re: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:58 pm 
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What does the bark look like especially on the younger growth/side branches)? If wrinkled, I would return them and get my money refunded. If the bark is smooth you should have leaves promptly. Let us know how it goes. Mike in Pennsylvania

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 Post subject: Re: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:38 pm 
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Thanks Mike. The bark looks smooth at the moment. I scraped a tiny bit away and saw green underneath, which I've read is a good sign?
It looks like it might have tried to grow leaves or new shoots on the very tip of the side branches, as they have softer shoots that have dried up.
No leaves yet, but it's only been planted a week. Will it still grow leaves this late in the season?


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 Post subject: Re: Is July too late to plant bare root apples?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:09 am 
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joeuk wrote:
Thanks Mike. The bark looks smooth at the moment. I scraped a tiny bit away and saw green underneath, which I've read is a good sign?
It looks like it might have tried to grow leaves or new shoots on the very tip of the side branches, as they have softer shoots that have dried up.
No leaves yet, but it's only been planted a week. Will it still grow leaves this late in the season?


I don't know if this is the same exact situation, but here is my experience. Last summer, a friend of mine pulled out a dwarf braeburn from his yard. He dropped it off at my house around 6am, and I didn't have time to bury the roots or anything before work. When I got it planted that night, it wasn't looking too hot. All the leaves fell off. New ones did grow though. Then they fell off as well and a few more grew. I thought i'd lose it a few times, but it pulled through. THis year, it's doing much better, but no apples.


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