When choosing your apple and pear trees, look for well-developed fibrous roots.

WHERE TO PLANT

If you plant your tree in a sunny, sheltered position, this will boost the time the fruit has to ripen.

In a small garden, you can train your apple or pear tree along a south-facing wall or fence. This gives a longer ripening time as the fence or wall soaks up the heat.

WHEN TO PLANT

Container-grown trees can be planted at any time of year, although winter is considered best. However, avoid planting if it’s frosty. Instead, place the roots in moist soil and wait until weather conditions improve.

HOW TO PLANT

A rule of thumb is to dig a hole no deeper than the roots, but up to three times the diameter of the root system. Soak the roots before placing in the hole and refill the soil, stepping on it to press it down firmly.