Saturday, 14 November 2015

Medlaronia Polyculture

This polyculture/guild will provide an early-mid winter harvest of delicious Medlar fruit, highly nutritious Aronia berries, a year round crop of excellent salad onions and the added benefits of mineral accumulation and nitrogen fixation.

Representation of a mature Medlaronia Polyculture/Guild 
This selection of high quality plants are well adapted to a large range of soils and well suited to grow together. Placed correctly and with some tender loving care in the early years of development, you can expect a beautiful community of plants providing nutritious food for decades to come. These plants are well suited to biological/organic cultivation with no synthesised chemicals or fertility inputs required.

The Plants

Mespilus germanica - Fruit Bearing Tree
Aronia melanocarpa - Fruit Bearing Shrub
Symphytum x uplandicum - Mineral accumulator and mulch source.
Allium cepa proliferum - Perennial vegetable and pest repellent.
Trifolium repens - Nitrogen Fixing ground cover.

Medlar - Mespilus germanica ‘Mesten’ is an excellent tree for a stand alone polyculture. The tree is self fertile and does not require cross pollination from other plants. From May to June the flower buds open to display magnificent white flowers that provide a source of nectar to bees. These flowers transform into fruits that ripen from November.    


Aronia - Aronia melanocarpa is an attractive fruit bearing shrub that grows well in partial shade. The fruits are produced in late summer and ready to eat in early winter. The fruits can be dried to make a herbal tea and used as a flavouring or colourant for beverages or yogurts. The berries have their own unique flavour and are known for their antioxidant properties


Tree Onion - Allium cepa proliferum  are perennial onions that produce delicious leaves and bulbs. Alliums are generally good companions to plants in the Roseacea family (Medlar and Aronia) accumulating sulphur and producing a fungicidal effect. Furthermore, the strong aroma confuses pests, reducing aphids, leaf hoppers and moth attacks.

Tree Onion

Comfrey - Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Bocking 14’ can provide copious amounts of biomass rich in potassium that makes excellent mulch for the garden. The healing properties of this herb are well renowned, making it an essential first aid plant. The beautiful flowers are much loved by bees.

Comfrey 'Bocking 14'

White Clover - Trifolium repens is a nitrogen fixing low-growing perennial, tolerant of shade. White clover is suited for use in walkways. Once established, it provides long-term cover and is highly attractive to bees when in flower.

White Clover 

Plant Needs 

Design Idea 

Here's a suggested design for this plant community, but there are many ways in which these plants can be combined and many more plants that can be used within this polyculture.  We encourage our customers and readers to experiment with designs and love to hear from the new homes of our plants and learn how they are establishing in different climes, so please consider posting photos of your polycultures on our facebook page as they develop, and share your design ideas.

Overhead view of  a possible planting scheme

Guild Ecology 

Packaging and Delivery 

This polyculture is available for delivery now and until March 2016.  The plants and root cuttings are packed in bags with their roots in moist sawdust. The White Clover seeds are sent in a sealed plastic bag. The plants, seedoxess and cuttings are labelled and securely packaged inside a cardboard box for shipping.

We send our plants via an international courier, tracked and recorded. Estimated delivery times are 5 - 7 days. A signature is required when the plants are delivered to you.
Once payment has been received we will post them no more than 5 working days later.

The price for this guild is €65 including delivery to Europe

Payments can be made via Paypal or bank transfer in £ or € send email to

What included in this Polyculture ?

1 x Medlar - Mespilus germanica 'Mesten' - Unfeathered maiden - 1 - 1.5 m tall sapling
2 x Aronia - Aronia melanocarpa - 3rd year Bush, bare root, approx. 40 cm wide and 40 cm high
6 x Comfrey - Symphytum x uplandicum 'Bocking 14'- Root cuttings
2 x Tree Onion - Allium cepa proliferum - plants approx. 20 -30  cm high
1 x White Clover - Trifolium repens - 50 g seed packet - 33 m2 ground cover

We'll send you a PDF with guidelines and info on how to design, plant out and maintain your guild via email.

If you would like to order other plants from our bionursery with this guild, you can add up 40 more plants without paying any additional postage costs. see here for plant list.

If you would like to create a forest garden and gain some practical hands on experience join us this Summer. We'll be covering site surveying, landscape design software, installing access, beds, irrigation channels, planting tree, shrub, herb and ground layers and making a small wildlife pond. All in 3 days! And plenty of follow up material to take away with you to digest slowly.

We offer a diversity of plants and seeds for permaculture and forest gardens  including a range of fruit and nut cultivars. We Deliver all over Europe from Nov - March. Give a happy plant a happy home :) 

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  1. Thank you for providing us with the detailed information about planting these plants. Your posts have helped me a lot in improving my gardening skills.

  2. Thanks for letting us know and i'm glad to hear you enjoy the posts.

    Happy growing

  3. I was searching for good compagnon plants for the 60 aroniashrubs i was given this week. thank you a lot for your helpfull post!

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