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Lubera’s big croppers in little spaces

Mini apple Gulliver
Mini apple Gulliver. Picture; Lubera

Fruit specialist Lubera has been looking at the challenges of growing fruit in small gardens or even balconies and last year produced the Lowberries range, bred for maximum crops in tiny spaces.

Varieties within the range – Lilibarber, Black Prince, Red Princess, and Blue Wonder – can be grown and harvested simply and without problems in the garden, on a balcony or terrace, and they are no taller than a 1m.

New for 2017 is the first of Lubera’s Lowfruit varieties, Mini Apple Gulliver. This sweet and tasty apple will grow no higher than 1m,  making it perfect for growing in a container on your balcony or patio. A 2-year-old dwarf tree in a 10-litre pot costs £30.40.

Blackcurrant Little Black Sugar
Blackcurrant Little Black Sugar. Picture; Lubera

Also new for this year is the Lowberry Blackcurrant Little Black Sugar. Modern, mildew-resistant blackcurrants usually have fairly vigorous growth and a height up to 2m. Little Black Sugar combines resistance to

Little Black Sugar combines resistance to powdery mildew, large and sweet fruits, at only 1m tall.

It is also very bushy and well-branched. Every year, 2-3 of the older branches should be removed in order to stimulate new shoots, ensuring the best quality crop. A strong shrub in a 5-litre pot costs £15.90.

For more information, visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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