Fruit Growing in Ireland - How to Get Started

Fruit Growing in Ireland - How to Get Started

Posted by Paraic Horkan

Growing Fruit Trees

Bareroot trees are as the name would suggest, tree with their root exposed from soil. These trees are grown in open fields and dug up during a time when they are dormant during Autumn to Spring.
Rose bushes, fruit trees, hedging, are all examples of bareroot plants. Bareroot planting is the most economical way to plant a hedge. They can be planted from Winter until March.

Planting bareroot trees from late January to early Spring gives just the right amount of time for the plant to get established and ready for growing season. Fruit Trees are bareroot plants.

Apples, Pears, Cherry, fruit bushes (Blackberry, blackcurrants, redcurrants, blueberries and gooseberries are popular choices for Irish gardens.
There are so many reasons to plant and grow your own fruit trees.

  • Fresh Fruit - Pick an apple when you want one!
  • Local & Fresh - not travelled thousands of miles, wrapped in plastic and shelved in a supermarket. It has grown in your garden in front of your eyes.
  • Endless supply of fruit - perfect those summer crumbles and pies!
  • Saves money - Homegrown is by far a cheaper option.
  • Local Wildlife - Trees provide food and shelter for the wildlife making your garden a biodiversity garden!

Top Planting Tips

Choose your planting area carefully. Try and avoid open windy spaces, whilst most will thrive in full sun, some plants tolerate partial shade.

Prepare the soil by mixing fertilizer deep into the soil. This will need to be added again when planting and covering the roots.

Stuff you'll need for planting

  • Good Fertiliser
  • Stake to offer support
  • Wind breaker - this is essential to prevent root rock.
    Root Rock is when the small tree is rocked by wind and the roots will be rocked and unable to establish firmly into the ground. This will cause the tree to fail.

Need help growing your fruit?
Just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.