Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Make Room for a Little Sweetie; Harvest Juicy Fruits from Mini Trees That Fit the Garden, a Patio or Even a Balcony

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Make Room for a Little Sweetie; Harvest Juicy Fruits from Mini Trees That Fit the Garden, a Patio or Even a Balcony

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Byline: Pattie Barron

EACH year the choice of fruit we can grow in our gardens, on our patios and even our balconies grows ever larger. In the last few years, for instance, doughnut peaches and nectarines have become as popular in the shops as, well, Krispy Kremes. Now you can grow your own attractively flattened nectarines with just one tree that is selffertile, so no partner for pollination needed.

These "flaterines", claims Suttons, have rosy-red skins and sweet, juicy, white flesh, but you will need to site the tree in a sheltered, sunny spot, and fleece it over winter, or grow it in a tub and pull it into a porch or conservatory for the cold months.

Why not make your breakfast a little brighter with a handful of home-grown blueberries? Not the familiar, humdrum navy blue, but a pretty and delightfully novel shade of rosy pink. Ideal for containers, new US-bred Pink Lemonade has exceptionally sweet fruits, pink-andwhite blossom in spring and foliage that takes on orange and flame tints in autumn. Although blueberry plants usually need two to tango, Pink Lemonade, from DT Brown Seeds, is self-fertile, so just one pot will produce.

Fruttinis sound like fruit lollies on a stick, and are not dissimilar. These columnar, short-branched fruit trees have been developed to take up very little space yet produce abundant blossom and respectable amounts of fruit. Ideal for patios or even balconies, they are the brainchild of Lubera, a Swiss family-run fruit tree nursery that is over 100 years old and, because all the plants have been bred and produced in the middle of the Swiss Alps, they are robust and weather-resistant. The breeder of the acclaimed RedLove apple that is tinted red right through the fruit, Lubera has launched a UK website so you can have Fruttini pear Obelisk, nectarine Alicecol, cherry Garden Bing or deep purple plum Skyscraper delivered in hefty 10-litre pots direct to your terrace this autumn.

YOU might want to save a little space, though, for a Fruttoni Amber, a yellow-fleshed mini peach that has the familiar strappy leaves of a peach, but the bush won't exceed six foot. …

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