Late autumn is the perfect time to plant an apple tree or three – you’ll find an excellent selection now on sale at our garden centre here in Smiths Nurseries. But choose carefully: an apple tree is a long-term investment which could provide delicious crunchy fruit not just for you, but for your kids and your grandkids too.

Occasionally, you may need at least two trees, both in the same ‘pollination group’ (that is, flowering at the same time in spring) to get a good crop. Tried-and-tested local varieties are a good bet as they’re best adapted to your conditions, but sometimes the names can be unfamiliar and it’s hard to know which one would be best for you.

Our team of experts here at Smiths Nurseries can guide you to ensure that you make the ideal choice for your circumstances. We stock an extraordinary variety of fruit trees (Apples, Cherries, Pears, Plums, and more). Some of these are self pollinating, which removes the need to identify companion pollinating trees. Just ask a member of the Plant Team, who will be only too happy to assist you.

In addition, Apple Days can also help . Celebrating everything apple-related, these lively events showcase more kinds of apple than you knew existed and are a great way of finding a variety you like. There are tastings and apple-related activities for all the family, as well as plenty of expert advice, including the identification of any unknown apple varieties already growing in your garden. You’ll find hundreds of apple-related events across the country on www.commonground.org.uk.