Fruit Trees

Bennybeg Plant Centre stocks a wide range of Apples, Plums, Cherries, Damsons, Pears, Gages, Quince and Medlars, as well as more unusual fruit such as Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines and Hazelnuts. Trees are supplied as both container grown in 7L or 12L pots and bare root during the dormant season between November and March.

We can offer advice on the best varieties to suit your particular situation. Considerations include rootstock (which will control vigour and determine the ultimate height), blossom frost resistance and resistance to common diseases, suitability for fruit storage and whether other trees are required for cross-pollinaton.

One year old maidens, two year old bushes, half-standards and trained trees including stepovers, cordons, fans and espaliers are available.

Below we’ve selected what we believe to be some of the best varieties in terms of hardiness, disease resistance, fruit production and fruit quality. Many more varieties are available, including Scottish heritage apples, so please telephone or email us if there is a particular variety you would like that’s not listed here.

If you would like to visit Bennybeg Plant Centre to choose a tree from our stock, or see the quality of the trees that we offer, we are open seven days a week. Please refer to the opening times below and directions on the Contact Us page.

Bare Root Trees

Bare root trees are field grown and then lifted for sale from late Autumn until early Spring whilst they are in a state of dormancy, i.e.  after leaf-fall. They can be transplanted until the buds begin to swell again, indicating that new growth has started, usually mid to late March. Only deciduous plants (rarely evergreens) are sold bare root.

Root-balled plants

Root-balled plants are similar in that they are field grown and when lifted the roots are wrapped in sacking or a wire cage to prevent all the soil falling away from the rootball.

Plants typically sold bare root

Plants typically sold bare root include hedging plants (e.g. beech, privet, hawthorn, hornbeam, willow), ornamental trees and fruit trees and roses. Herbaceous perennials are also sometimes sold bare root.

If purchasing bare root plants

If purchasing bare root plants, buy from a reputable supplier. They should be freshly dug from the nursery and not kept sitting about in bags for weeks on end. The roots need to be kept moist at all times (and should not freeze either) so if your plants arrive looking dried out – beware!

Plant as soon as you can after purchasing

Plant as soon as you can after purchasing; if you are not quite ready the plants can be ‘heeled in’ (loosely planted) in another spot or in a mound of soil or compost. Give the roots a thorough soaking for a couple of hours before planting. Trim off any damaged or broken roots. Add a good handful or two of bonemeal to help the roots establish, water in well and then sit back, relax and wait for the Spring!

There are several advantages of buying plants bare root:

  • They are cheaper than container grown plants
  • The root system is usually more extensive and better developed
  • They transplant better than container grown plants as the roots come directly into contact with your garden soil when planted

The main disadvantage is that they can only be planted when dormant, whereas container grown stock can be planted year round provided the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Autumn is a good time to plant however as the soil is still warm and plants will get a head start on those planted the following Spring.

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Bennybeg Plant Centre

Muthill Road, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4HN

Tel. 01764 656345 - Fax. 01764 655218

E. enquiries@bennybeg.co.uk

Bennybeg Plant Centre is an independent garden centre near
Crieff, Perthshire, run by people who are passionate about plants.

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Opening Hours

March to October

Monday - Sunday

9.00am to 5.30pm

November to February

Monday - Sunday

9.00am to 5.00pm