Dwarf fruit trees in the home garden are becoming more and more popular today. They are even finding their way into front yards, when formerly they seemed to be relegated to the back yards of most homes, if there were any fruit trees to be found at all. There is good reason for the growing interest in planting fruit trees. Fruit trees are no longer as difficult to maintain as they had been previously. Thanks to breeding and root stock improvements, dwarf trees in the home garden are now available. Debbie Arrington writes about this phenomenon.
Through breeding and improved rootstock, these new dwarf cherry trees stay compact – just 8 feet tall at maturity. With pruning, they can be kept under 6 feet – making their crop easy to harvest without a ladder. Perfect for small backyards, they can be grown in containers. These dwarf cherries are part of a new wave of fruit trees developed for backyard farmers who want to raise their own delicious harvest.
Debbie refers to nursery owners who see the increased interest in fruit trees as more than a trend and more like a movement. She quotes Charlotte Germane of Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply who sees owners replacing their old landscape trees with fruit-bearing trees. People are seeing the value of having fresh fruit free from pesticides. Fruit which they can’t consume immediately can be preserves for when the weather puts their fruit trees into dormancy. Debbie talks about bare root fruit trees and the benefits of planting bare root rather than root ball. She says that the best time to plant those bare root fruit trees, at least in her area of California, is in February. She also talks about an interesting fruit tree that I have never heard of.
And hybrid fruit crosses such as pluots are gaining popularity, too. “The pluot, a plum-apricot cross, is my favorite of the bare-root fruit trees available now,” said radio host and local gardening expert Farmer Fred Hoffman, who grows dozens of fruit trees. “It satisfies my sweet tooth and is easy to grow. Plus, there are so many varieties available, it is possible to be harvesting pluots from late June through October with the right ones.”. . .”Last year, we harvested 150 pounds of Flavor Queen pluots from a single tree,” he added . “That tree is only 7 feet tall! And that’s after thinning the fruit in spring. Besides eating them fresh, they freeze and dehydrate easily to enjoy their sweetness year-round in smoothies or as snacks.”
I’d love to have a few pluots growing in my yard. I love apricots and plums, and I can just imagine how well some pluot trees would fit in my yard. Read Debbie’s article by clicking here or on the link below for some interesting information about growing dwarf fruit trees in the home garden. Have you switched to fruit trees in your home garden yet? Let us hear from you about your efforts to move in that direction and “Like” us on Facebook.