dulcis

Almond

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The 'Common Almond'. Pale green, sweet and tasty nuts and bowl-shaped, pale pink spring flowers. Read more

Attributes

  • Storing: December
  • Uses: Eating
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Picking month: Late September
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
Full Description

Description: Almond dulcis is known as the 'common almond'. Pale green, sweet and tasty nuts arrive in September and are used to produce almond milk, oil, butter, flour or paste. Beautiful bowl-shaped, very pale pink flowers are produced early in the spring. Slightly susceptible to leaf curl disease from the Midlands, North. Almonds are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre and are a worthy addition to any garden or orchard. The perfect, healthy snack!

History: Their exact ancestry is unknown but almonds are thought to have originated from western Asia where explorers ate the fruits while traveling the 'Silk Road' between Asia and the Mediterranean. They were a prized ingredient in breads served to Egyptian Pharaohs. Now grown on a large commercial scale in Spain and Italy.

Almond Growing Tips: Almond Ingrid will tolerate any moderately fertile soils as long as they are well-drained. Best planted in a sunny but slightly sheltered location. The late frosts can damage the early blossom so they’re much happier grown in a sheltered position. To harvest the almonds, shake the tree, then separate the hulls from the nut. Prefer being in southern areas of the UK. Make sure you protect the nuts from birds if you would like to eat them yourself!

Some FAQs

Tree Care

Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. The only exception is a bare root maiden which will not have been pruned. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.

We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.

A free booklet with simple instructions will also be included with your order.

You can also find more information in the ‘Advice’ section of our website. Click here for ‘How to Plant a Container Tree’ and here for ‘How to Plant a Bare Root Tree’.

Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.

If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.

Delivery

Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection, we will then need at least two working days to prepare your order.

The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.

We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.

We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.

Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.

We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.

Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.

Container grown trees are available from August and bare root trees are available from November. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.

If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.

See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.

Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus. 

This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependent.

Returns

If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email sales@fpmatthews.co.uk within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.