Trees and shrubs are the foundation of our agricultural system; we have a large varied nursery and specialise in mature potted plants.
Tree & Shrub Nursery
In years gone by, Derry Duff (meaning black oak in Irish) would have been covered with trees and we are working to recreate this traditional landscape, planting hundreds of trees and hedgerows each year. This will offset carbon, increase biodiversity, prevent erosion and create wind breaks for the blueberries. Instead of hiring a marquee for our wedding, we built a large Kader greenhouse and since then have used it to propagate a wide variety of plants, vegetables, trees and shrubs.
Over the years, we have grafted hundreds of apple trees and every year we increase the size of our orchards. We have beehives which help with pollination and we grow a range of traditional Irish and modern varieties, including both eating and cooking apples. We will use the apples to make juices fortified with aronia berries; the apples will sweeten the strong flavour of the aronia to create a delicious juice with remarkable health benefits. Our aim is to create one small serving that will provide the full daily requirement for phytonutrients.
Air Root Pruning Pots
We have had great success in using air root pruning pots. The novel egg carton like construction deflects the growing root tips into the air through holes in the pot wall. This stops the roots from growing, preventing them from spiralling and becoming ‘pot bound’. In response to this air pruning, the plant sends out more lateral roots forming a healthier, highly branched root system, so that plants can be kept in pots longer and plant out with greater success.
Diverse Range of Species
Our stock includes native trees such as mountain ash, holly, alder, oaks, sycamore, Scotts pine and exotics such as gingko biloba, fig, giant redwoods and monterey pine. We have shrubs such as; eleagnus, forsythia, American elder, lavender, sweet bay and fuschia. Building on the advantages of the air root pruning pots, we specialise in larger, more mature trees and shrubs, ideal for quickly establishing wooded landscapes.
Buying Mature Trees & Shrubs
Whilst many of our plants are to be planted out around the farm, we have a large number of medium to large shrubs and trees for sale. If you are keen to give your garden or landscape a head start and purchase well established trees or shrubs, grown in air root pruning pots, please contact us to discuss your requirements and to find out about our availability.