Nuts in general and Almonds in particular are now recognised as one of the healthiest foods, and growing your own means you can be sure you have fresh high quality almonds. Almonds have high levels of vitamin E, and contain chemicals thought to be associated with lowering cholesterol levels.
Ingrid is the only reliable Almond variety for the UK climate, and will produce well-flavoured almonds in late August if you can offer it a sunny sheltered situation.
Cropping is light but it makes an interesting and unusual addition to the home orchard.
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Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.
Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season.
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Ingrid is in flowering group . Ingrid is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.
Important: advice about pollination
Plant in the sunniest and most sheltered spot you can find. Ingrid is self-fertile so no pollinator is required. However cropping will be better if there are other almond trees (of the same or different varieties) nearby.
Ingrid is reasonably resistant to leaf-curl (similar to peach-leaf curl) which is a common problem with almonds.
Ingrid is a reliable cropper but it flowers very early in the spring - poor spring weather is the main limiting factor on successful almond production in the UK.
Most of our Almond trees are grafted on the St. Julien plum rootstock, and will reach and after 10 years will reach a height of 3m-4m (10ft - 14ft). Cropping usually starts when the tree is about 3 years old.
As with plum trees (to which they are related) it is best to keep pruning to an absolute minimum.
Almonds are closely related to plums - an almond is essentially a plum where you eat the nut inside the stone, rather than the flesh.
Almonds are thought to have originated in western Asia. They are grown commercially in southern California, Spain, and Italy - and are well-suited to the Mediterreanean climate.
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