5 apples for small gardens

If you only have a small garden, you can grow apples. You can even grow them in large containers, says Jean Vernon, although they are always better planted in the garden soil if possible.

Apples are the food of love and a great way to fall in love with plants and growing.  You can buy apple trees from nurseries and garden centres. If you have a small garden, look for plants on a dwarfing rootstock which will help restrict the ultimate size of your apple tree.

If you fancy having your first apple tree then consider one of the extraordinary varieties from Swiss-based Lubera. Bred exclusively for home gardens, with taste and convenience at the top of the list of goals, each one represents years of hard work, perseverance and endeavors.

If you have room for several apple trees and can allow them to establish and mature then the bounty from your trees could provide fresh apple juice, kilos of fruit for all kinds of delicious recipes and even the windfalls could be used to make cider. Any waste windfalls can be composted or left for the birds and other wildlife.

Five fab and funky apples from the Swedish plant breeder Lubera

Here are five fab apples that offer something unique and wonderful to get you hooked on growing apples. You might only get a handful of apples the first couple of years, but after that you could have enough for the kid’s lunchboxes for late summer and the rest of the autumn. How cool is that? Homegrown delicious apples?

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Ruby red flesh: Apple Redlove

There are four varieties in the Redlove apple family. All of them have rich, rosy red skins and are red and juicy all the way through too. Red-fleshed apples look great in salads and deserts and they even stay red when cooked and juiced. This makes them the perfect choice for cooking, eating and even for decoration. Great for hanging on the Christmas tree, for parties and for just looking red and rosy in the fruit bowl too. They even store until Christmas. But there’s even more to these red apples than meets they eye and taste buds. They are really high in antioxidants, so a great choice for healthy eating too. And they have amazing, dark pink flowers in spring so they look fantastic in the garden.

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A touch of sparkle: Apple Paradis 'Sparkling'

Admit it, you’ve never had a fizzy apple? Apple Paradis ‘Sparkling’ is the first apple bred to explode in your mouth. When the large juicy cells release their juice as you bite in, it feels as if CO2 is brought into play. Fizzy, sparkling and definitely not still. It’s a novelty, but a great apple for parties, children and something a little bit different. One of Lubera’s Paradis apple family, which includes 13 different varieties.

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Disease resistant and compact: Apple Paradis 'Julka'

For small gardens the super, sultry, summer sweetie, Paradis ‘Julka’ is a great choice. It ripens in full summer, when we like to be in the garden and when we want to be picking the fruits of our labour and adding them to yummy fruit salads!  It’s really early and surprisingly sweet. This variety has a tolerance to scab and resistance to fireblight.  What’s more it’s a slow grower, so very compact with only space needed of 1.1 m, not more, Julka can even be grown in a pot!  Yes, apple lovers, you really can have your fruit and eat it.

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Perfect for pots: Malini apple tree

These columnar (upright) Malini apple trees are great for small gardens as they are upright and hold the apples close to the stems. In a larger garden plant a row of them as a living boundary, but if space is tight a large planter with one tree will make a stunning centre piece in spring and produce a tasty crop for eating fresh or for storing for a few weeks.

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Mini apple trees: Maloni apple tree

For a crop of apples in the smallest space look no further than the Maloni mini apple trees. They are bushy but compact, growing to half the height of most other apple trees. Productive and reliable with tasty, scab free fruit, the Malonis have attractive spring blossom and are ideal for small gardens and growing in containers.

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