Rootstocks

Most fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. This combines the delicious fruit of your chosen variety (the ‘scion’) with the clever ability to grow a tree just the right height for your garden. There are lots of different rootstocks available, but we use the three tried and tested ones that we think are best for your garden. They have funny-sounding code-names because they were developed by the clever folk at East Malling Research Station in Kent – a world-leading wonder of fruity science research which we think deserves to be celebrated by everyone who loves fruit.

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MM106

A ‘semi-vigorous’ rootstock, trees grow to about 4 metres. Makes a low-maintenance specimen tree in a medium or large garden, or can be trained as an espalier. Will cope with poorer soils or dry summers better than smaller trees, but need staking for the first 5 years, especially if in a windy site.

2 or 3 year bare-root trees £18

M9

A ‘semi-dwarfing’ rootstock, trees grow to 2-3 metres. Very productive trees need a little bit more TLC than MM106, including staking, weeding and mulching until well established. Good for free-standing trees in smaller gardens, or trained as a cordon or espalier.

2 or 3 year bare-root trees £18

M27

A ‘very dwarfing’ rootstock, trees grow to about 1.5 metres, or can be pruned to keep smaller. Great for a large pot on the patio, or a good way to fit a larger range of different fruit varieties in a small space. Productive trees, but need mulching and watering, and to be supported with a stake. Not suitable for poor soils.

3 year pot-grown trees £22

Click here to see our full range of varieties on all rootstocks