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Ingrid almond trees

Prunus dulcis
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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 the nuts are as fresh as possible. Almonds have high levels of vitamin E, and contain chemicals thought to be associated with lowering cholesterol levels.

Ingrid is the most 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. The spring blossom is also very attractive - far more so than most fruiting plums and cherries, to which it is closely related.

Cropping is light but it makes an interesting and unusual addition to the home orchard.

Ingrid almond trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £43.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £23.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Plant in the sunniest and most sheltered spot you can find. Ingrid is self-fertile so no pollinator is required.

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 peach trees (to which they are related) it is best to keep pruning of almond trees to an absolute minimum.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Almonds are closely related to peaches - an almond is essentially a peach 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.

Ingrid characteristics

Using

  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesDual purpose

Growing

  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile

Problems

  • Peach leaf curlSome resistance

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)

Identification