Fruit cocktail tree
Have you ever wondered
about those "fruit cocktail trees" you see for sale in glossy
magazines? Brian Cooper tried out a dwarf tree with five
different varieties grafted on --- Elberta Peach, Belle of Georgia
Peach, Santa Rosa Plum, Redgold Nectarine, and Moorpark Apricot.
His tree was pretty big
when he brought it home and it fruited the first year. (The
photos above show the tree a year later when it had been pruned and
Brian wrote "All of the
grafts produce fruit, but it is a challenge to keep them balanced so
they grow evenly."
His advice is timely
since I'm going to be grafting
some new varieties onto my pear trees this winter. I hadn't understood
why my orcharding books recommend adding no more than four different
varieties to one tree, but Brian's experience rang a bell. Of
course it would be tough to keep multiple varieties on an even keel so
that the most vigorous doesn't take over the tree.
Has anyone else had
experience with fruit cocktail trees? I'd be curious to hear if
your results are any different if you stick to the same species for all
varieties (for example, four types of apples on one tree.)
Stay tuned for Weekend Homesteader:
December, chock full of information on planting fruit trees.
Meanwhile, learn an easy way to roast a chicken in Weekend
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