Anyone had any success with an almond tree in north west

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    Hi
    We are thinking of buying a Robijn almond grafted on a
    St Julien rootstock. We live in North Cheshire/Greater Manchester.
    Just wondered if anyone has had any success with one - as I bought a Madelaine from Suttons which was planted as a bare root stock- but died without producing a single leaf!
    Love almonds so sorely tempted!
    Thanks!
     
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    Ok - update I have ordered 2 lol - will let you know how I get on!
     
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    Almonds arrived and planted (1 has fruit) so far so good.
     
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      Almond trees thriving fruit dropped off in first few weeks but they look happy and have healthy foliage.
      Early days but so far so good
       
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      I've never tried growing almonds, only peaches, which are similar.

      Good luck, I hope it grows well for you, but I know they tend to like heat in summer.
       
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      Almonds flower relatively early in the spring and so nut production is susceptible to spring frosts.
       
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      Thanks for that info - I may fleece it off at nights then, until frosts finish.
      They are meant to be on a small rootstock and are planted in half barrels (on wheels)in a sheltered spot so I can pamper them!
       
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      Just an update!
      First crop of almonds this year - 1 tree only and only a couple of handfuls, but I am delighted all the same.
      Other tree is in a more sheltered spot so plan to move the tub for next year to see if that will kick start a crop from that tree too.
      Anyhow just to give hope to any other mad gardeners who try to install a little of the exotic in Manchester.
       
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      Latest Almond update from sunny Manchester.
      So I am growing the 2 Almond trees in oak half barrels
      The barrels have wheels on them so I wheel them into a sheltered spot for winter and use old enviro. camping matting to protect the root/barrel from the winter elements. Apart from this and a little feed and lackadaisical watering they are pretty much ignored.
      Up to now over the years we have had a total of 62 sweet almonds so not a massive crop .. but still early days and atm the blossom makes up for the lack of crop. and The nuts that do grow seem to be disregarded by the wildlife too and as I we have dreadful problems protecting our fruit from the wood pigeons and squirrels this is a bonus.
      Our precious crop is used to top the Christmas cake.
      My ambition is to fully top whole cake with them one year lol
      So for a little extra height in the garden some gorgeous spring blossom and the anticipation of maybe the bonus of almonds I say it’s a goer for this part of the country
       
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        Love it!! Well done you!

        Sometimes we can achieve the full heights of success, and if all we wanted was some success, then it’s a true bonus.

        5 years ago we planted an Aldi sour cherry in the centre of a small flower bed. Absolutely stunning flowers every early March make the tree worthwhile. Last year we had some very in-un-cherry-like fruit. This year we had the first edible (probably) Opal plums. But the tree is worth its place for the blossom alone.

        When we moved to the house 7 years ago, there was a scraggy tree at the end of the only flat bit of garden. We had no idea what it was, but it was there, a tree, and healthy...
        Last year we saw the first walnuts form. They tasted especially good!!
         
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          I think that is what makes a gardners happy people Sian ... We recieve with good grace what bounty Mother Nature offers no matter how imperfect it may be lol!
          God bless Aldi I too have a tree Aldi labelled as an Apple, it didn't fruit and seemed to die off so two years ago I hacked it right back to virtually the frail trunk. This year it has regenerated a slightly odd and bushy shape and produced a tiny pear. I am sure a more knowledgeable gardener would have spotted that our apple tree was a pear earlier, but we have just enjoyed nurturing it and it has quite tickled us that we have a single pear with our nut trees lol
           
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            I’m impressed your tree has produced almonds in England @Adendoll ! Four years ago we created a Mediterranean style garden (see My Mediterranean style garden ). I wanted to have an almond as the centrepiece specimen but didn’t think it would do well so chose a cherry instead.
             
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              Rather rubbish photos of some of our almonds and our single skanky pear offering lol
              I am taking the pear out the barrel for next season and planting it in the garden proper poor thing is in a real distressed state and given it has clung onto life in spite of all odds I think it deserves it
               

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                We bought an almond tree, here in "The Tropic of Mersey Valley."

                It did very well.

                2005. First fruits the following year.

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                2011

                "Here in the middle of the annual almond harvest."

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                It died in 2012.

                You take pot luck with grafted trees.
                 
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                  Wow envious of your crop Doghouse...
                   
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