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Heartnut Valentine's from Lubera

Going nuts over a high yield

Specialist fruit company Lubera stocks some really unusual fruit and I certainly hadn’t heard of heartnuts before – but here they are.

Heartbreaker was the first launched and the firm has now introduced Valentine’s, another grafted heartnut, sweeter than common walnuts and less bitter.

Valentine’s matures a little later than Heartbreaker and both varieties have nuts that can be easily opened, a nice shape and the plants have a late bloom.

They are self-fertile, but if you plant two varieties, the reliability of the yield is higher. If you want to plant two varieties, then plant one of each, so that the flowering periods can overlap. However, one variety bears sufficient fruit when planted alone.

High yields

Valentine’s fruits are smaller than Heartbreaker, can easily be cracked, and are extremely high-yielding, after one-three years.

Heartbreaker matures in September, Valentine’s a little later from early to mid-October. These are big trees, with a final height of 7.5m to 15m and width of 4m to 7.5m, so excellent as a specimen tree with spring blossom.

A strong tree in a 10-litre pot costs £51.90, for more details visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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