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What Can I Grow In My Polytunnel?

by Ishat Narain

Polytunnel gardening or permaculture as it is also called is beginning to take off in the UK. A few years ago, you would have thought that permaculture was something of the past in the UK. But with the environmental crisis and increasing grocery prices, more of us than ever before are beginning to grow our own. 

When you want a permanent supply of fruit and other crops in your garden, it is a good idea to install a polytunnel.

Can I Grow Fruit Trees In My Polytunnel? 

Yes, you can grow fruit trees in your polytunnel. The only thing is that you have to be a little bit selective when it comes to choosing what fruit trees and other crops you grow in your polytunnel. The last thing you want is for your polytunnel to become overcrowded. 

What happens when your polytunnel becomes overcrowded? If your introduce too many crops to your polytunnel, you risk attracting pests and diseases. One of the best way to keep your polytunnel healthy is to ensure that you have good airflow. 

Overcrowded polytunnels also become very hot. Heat is not something that is favourable when it comes to growing fruit. 

That being said, there is no reason why you should not look out for dwarf fruit trees for sale. 

How Many Trees Can I Grow In My Polytunnel? 

That all depends on its size. You have to calculate at least 1 metre square for every small tree that you grow in your polytunnel. 

The best way to grow a fruiting tree in your polytunnel is to grow it in a pot. That way, you can move your trees outside when the weather is good. Smaller and dwarf trees don’t mind being grown in pots at all. It is an excellent way of controlling the size of your tree. 

Where Can I Buy Small Trees? 

Not all garden centres sell smaller trees. When you see dwarf fruit trees for sale, you often see them online. They are sold by specialist growers that have experience in growing a range of varieties of fruit bearing trees. 

Are they more expensive when compared to standard trees? In general, smaller or dwarf trees are not more expensive. If you are looking for a particular variety, you may find that they are more expensive. Standard varieties normally fetch the same price as large trees. 

Dwarf trees that fruit are great. You will be pleasantly surprised how easy they are to grow and how quickly they fruit. Why not try something different?