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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

What exactly are Lubera® Easytrees®?

Simple fruit trees. And they are easy because they continue to bear fruit without major training measures and pruning techniques and they grow to be spindle trees that are not too big. In order to avoid misunderstandings: Easytrees are not a variety or group, they are a particular tree shape, which makes the plants, training and harvesting of fruit trees much easier: we produce the Easytrees as one-year-old trees in five litre pots.

Due to specific cultivation measures in the nursery, we get the young trees to form a few side branches or short spikes or flower buds on the main stem in the first year at the nursery. If these trees are then planted in late summer/autumn or spring in the garden, they automatically form beautiful, flat, and thus fertile side shoots (namely predetermined by the cultivation measures at the nursery) from which the first fruit is borne at the latest in the year after planting. This then leads to the fact that the Easytrees retain their elegant, slender spindle shape in the garden: they are busy producing ripe fruit and thus have only limited vegetative growth. Apple and pear Easytrees are approximately 200 - 220 cm tall and about 100 - 130 cm wide. The stone fruit trees can also be somewhat larger.

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Which varieties are produced and are available as Easytrees?

We produce a wide range of our Paradis® gourmet varieties and also the Redloves® as Easytrees. There is also a selected range of suitable stone fruit and pear varieties. Especially the apple Easytrees have complementary advantages: first, the resistant and better tasting varieties, and in the case of the Redloves® also the ornamental value, and then the even simpler tree shape that is so to speak pre-programmed towards the spindle shape and the early start of harvest.

Which rootstocks are used to produce the Easytrees?

The Redlove® and Paradis® Easytrees are grown on M9 rootstocks; the pears on quince C or A rootstocks. Peaches/nectarines and plums on St. Julien, cherries on Gisela 5. But these are details for specialists. Our goal is to graft trees on the rootstocks that combine maximum reliability with early yields and reduced growth. The rootstock practically predefines the potential that is then redeemed by the shape of the tree and your gardening efforts.

How should Easytrees be pruned?

Basically, not at all! We don’t intentionally want to encourage the young trees that are pre-programmed to produce high yields just to grow…but if an Easytree has not yet formed side shoots (typical of the variety), the main shoot should be pruned at the tip (cut off 5 cm).

Which tree form and which training system are suitable for Easytrees?

First of all, the spindle shape, which means that a tree consists of a centre, and slight, upward growing side shoots that get shorter and start as level to the centre as possible. This tree shape is already pre-programmed into the Easytree young plants...

Do Easytrees need a stake?

Yes, Easytrees need a stake. It is best to stake the plant as soon as it is planted. Place the stake in the planting hole and attach the plant to it. The Easytree will quickly bear so much fruit that it only remains stable when attached to a stake. Or it could also be expressed this way: the compact growth and the early yield are at the expense of the stability. You can’t have everything. ;-)

The use of Easytrees for cordon trees, diagonal trees and trellis shapes

The Easytrees are also the only tree shape that is suitable for training cordon trees. Planted between August and April, they are already preformed in the cordon shape (though not quite tied down horizontally) and they then fill their space within two growing seasons.

Easytrees® are also suitable for training diagonal trees that are planted on trellises and walls of houses and trained diagonally. This diagonal planting is very successful with cherries and apricots, as it leads to healthier, more fertile and also smaller trees. Instead of a trellis being formed by a tree, the formal and diagonally Easytrees that are also sometimes planted in an X-shape create an attractive, geometric pattern for a fruit hedge, which already starts to yield in the second year after planting.

For all of these special forms of training based on the Easytrees, it is common that the predefined side shoots of the Easytree may not develop freely, but that each side shoot that is longer than 15-20 cm should be cut back to 15 - 20 cm twice a year, namely in March and around the longest day. The result is lightweight, compact fruiting wood on the dominant central axis.Easy-Tree-4-720

 
 
 
 

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