Did you Know You Can Have Fruit Trees Growing On Your Balcony?
Minarettes or Columnars are slender, columnar fruit trees which bear their fruits on short spurs along the length of a vertical stem rather than on long spreading branches. They are perfect for today's smaller gardens because they can be planted as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart as well as being ideal for growing in tubs on patios or balconies. When mature, Columnars are 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) tall and crop prolifically. A large range of apples, pears, plums, gages, damsons and cherries are available as Minarettes.
Urban fruit trees are hybrid species with vertical crowns, ideal for confined spaces of the city, namely balconies, terraces or gardens with small area. Besides the practical role that they have, these fruit trees have an aesthetic value, bringing a touch of vitality and energy to areas listed above. They are also a good option for curbs different alignments in courtyards or gardens which are more spacious.
But let’s explore the types of columnar trees that you can find out there. If you want to grow apples in your balcony, then one option is the columnar apple Bolero. The tree grows to a height not exceeding 250 cm and a width of 30 cm and is therefore ideal for any corner of your house. Other species are columnar apple Polka, Samba, Ballerina and Smaragd. If you prefer apricots, opt for a Golden Sun apricot columnar.
Mini Orchard Collections The modern way to grow fruit trees is to train them as vertical cordons. These space-saving columnar trees (sometimes referred to as Minarettes, Pillarettes or supercolumns) are attractive as well as fruitful and are perfect for smaller gardens.
They can be spaced as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart and are also ideal planted in containers on a sunny patio or balcony. Cordons should have their ultimate height restricted to 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) and their fruiting laterals pruned during the summer months in order to retain their compact columnar shape. To ensure rapid establishment, cordon fruit trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to early May.
Miniature Patio Fruit Trees This selection of three dwarf fruit trees are ideal for smaller gardens where space is at a premium. Apple Red Spur These specially sourced Spur apple trees have a columnar, upright, non-spreading habit. Bred in the east of Holland, these dwarf apple trees are used to very cold temperatures in winter. These apple trees will bear an abundance of delicious fruit in late summer/autumn. As they are self-fertile, this means they can produce fruit by themselves. However, a greater yield of fruit will be achieved by buying both varieties.