Unusual fruit displayed by The Potting Shed Stage
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Gardeners’ World, fruit specialist Lubera has been exhibiting a selection of its plants.
If you’re at the show, you’ll find the Swiss fruit experts next to The Potting Shed Stage at Gardeners’ World Live.
The show runs until June 18 but you can order the plants online.
Here are four of the chosen plants the crowds particularly enjoyed:
Form: Medium sized, round, 95 per cent dark red.
Texture: Firm and crisp, medium-celled, fine texture, juicy, super bite.
Flavour: Sugar and sourness are very balanced, appreciated by lovers of sweetish and tart apples, the refreshing tone predominates slightly, berry flavour.
Growth: Extremely fertile, scab resistant.
Harvest: Harvest approximately from mid-September, ready to eat once picked, naturally storable until Christmas.
Cost: Starts from £17.40 for a 1-year-old tree in a 5-litre pot.
Mini Pear Joy Of Kent
Fruits: Small to medium, depending on the fruit set; 70-100 per cent rusted on a green background.
Flavour: Pear flavour, quite refreshing thanks to the acidity.
Growth: Extremely compact, broader than high, 150cm high in 20-25 years.
Harvest: Ready to be picked in mid-September; after storage and an additional 3-4 days of warm storage, they are a melting enjoyment until the end of December. If you leave them hanging on the tree, they have a melting texture from mid to late October.
Cost: £24.90 for a 1-year-old dwarf tree in a 5-litre pot.
Maturity: From early/mid-June and throughout the summer.
Fruits: Small to medium-sized fruit, with a fruit neck that is typical of Vescana strawberries.
Flavour/aroma: Intense aroma and strong flavour.
Yield: High and regular.
Growth: Vigorous, forms runners the earliest of all varieties; they start to bloom immediately again.
Use: A long flowering and everbearing ground cover strawberry that is also suitable for hanging baskets.
Cost: £2.50 for a strong single plant in a 12cm pot.
Raspberry Little Red Princess
Cultivation: Bears fruit on one-year-old shoots, already in the first year if planted in April; cut back the old canes to 10cm in February.
Maturity: Late August to early October.
Fruits: Medium large, conical, bright red fruit with excellent flavour.
Growth: Thornless, strong branching, each side shoot has buds and fruits, 80-100 cm high, as much light as possible, plant/place in full sun.
Cost: £15.90 for a 5-litre pot, well-rooted plants.
For more details, visit www.lubera.co.uk.