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Re: adding fruit trees

Post  donnainzone5 on 2/23/2013, 11:24 am

Jung's offers Reliance Peach, supposedly the "most cold-hardy peach." It is meant for zones 5-8. No pollinator is required. Most of Jung's trees are available in the dwarf size.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 2/23/2013, 11:55 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:I know this is an old thread sunny

wanted to check to see how every ones fruit trees are doing Very Happy

....snip..... because we are wanting to plant it in a wine barrel....

the other fruit tree is called an EZ pick Frost Peach tree and it too we are wanting to plant in a wine barrel....

...snip...the apple is a semi dwarf What a Face and now we are wondering if it will still be ok as long as we take care in pruning it so it doesnt get to large....and i also read about giving the roots a trim every few years.... albino

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Yea Rose!! We have been wanting a peach tree but leaf curl is a huge problem in Everett. It is just too wet here.

I have no advice about semi-dwarf. Your choice of pot?.... got lots of advice about that. We have to move our trees so often that the only pot that works for us is glazed stone. A huge investment. Stone pots hold together when I move the trees or when I lay them over to pull the tree from the pot to root-trim. They never come out as easily as you would think. Sometimes I have to put my boot on the rim of the pot while pulling on the trunk (for leverage). Ceramic and wooden pots just don't last for me. BUT we always do what we can with the tools we have and somehow everything turns out fine.

We should have root pruned last season but were easily talked out of it by the guy who taught the pruning class we went to. He was GREAT for above ground information, but underground..... not so much. This weekend we MUST root prune our multi cherry tree. The main root grew through the drain hole, plugging it up. That pot becomes a water-feature after every heavy rain we get in Everett.... and we get a lot of rain. So far I've just been tipping the pot over to drain the thing, but tomorrow, rain or shine (it is starting to bud) we do the deed!

The pear trees are doing fine, after getting mason bees last season we got a lot of pears for such small trees.

All the best with your peach! I hear that if you keep it under cover during the really rainy season, spray it and move it into the sun when it is safe, you can actually get peaches! I am hoping that for you sweet Rose!

Debs.... munching on toy-box grown dry apples for my late winter treat.
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Post  quiltbea on 2/23/2013, 1:15 pm

Sorry, I don't have any info on trees in pots.
I do live in Maine where its mighty cold with lots of snow all winter so I can tell you that apples do great up here in zones 5 and 4. We have many apple orchards and cider mills.
As for a hardy peach, I have a Red Haven dwarf (it doesn't need a pollinator) and in its 2nd year it gave us 13 lovely, delicious fruit. I was amazed at how early the crop.

I grow my 3 dwarf apples, 1 cherry and 1 peach along our driveway in the ground.

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Post  Pollinator on 2/23/2013, 3:28 pm

@model a man wrote:Hi to all. I want to add a couple of fruit trees. I want to add a fuji apple and a pomegranate. anyone in the so cal have any luck with these.

Unless you have crab apples or other apple varieties nearby, you'll need another tree for your Fuji for a mate. Crab apples make fine pollenizers (sources of viable pollen), or you can chose another variety that blooms at the same time and supplies viable pollen. Be careful though; some apple varieties are pollen sterile. It's best to check with a good nursery like http://cumminsnursery.com/

I have no relationship to the above nursery, except as a delighted customer.

Pomegranites are mostly self fertile, so you can get fruit without a mate, but you'll likely get more and better quality fruit with a mate for this one as well.

And don't forget, you'll need pollinators (for both) as well as pollenizers. So be sure you have plenty of bees. And never spray insecticides while your plants are blooming.

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Post  Pollinator on 2/23/2013, 3:30 pm

@sfg4uKim wrote:I'm thinking of a couple of dwarf fruit trees in the next few years. Since my yard is so small, and because I've loved them in Europe, I will grow them in espalier form.

Espaliers are wonderful. Here's another way to go. Gene Yale has gone wild with a backyard orchard: http://www.midfex.org/App_Pages/Yale/intro.aspx

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Post  camprn on 2/23/2013, 3:36 pm

@Pollinator wrote:
Espaliers are wonderful. Here's another way to go. Gene Yale has gone wild with a backyard orchard: http://www.midfex.org/App_Pages/Yale/intro.aspx
I love you Espaliers!


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Post  FamilyGardening on 2/23/2013, 7:38 pm

All is well in our familygardening cheers

we expanded our new front yard growing area to include the two new fruit trees and planted them in the ground sunny

we also discovered that our Frost peach tree is a dwarf after all...it said so right on the tag LOL rock on we still put her in the ground bounce she just looked better where we planted her instead of putting her in the middle of our yard in a wine barrel....the wine barrels are now going to house two dwarf cherry trees :drunken:

so exciting to have more fruit growing....we now have plums, apples, peaches and ( cherries-to come) to look foward too this summer!

its amazing how much food we our growing on our urban homestead Shocked

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/10/2016, 7:02 pm

Okay I know it's beautiful, but it kind of makes me a little dizzy! Specially after the big dinner I just had. pale

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