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Dwarf Fruit Trees
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Does anyone have any experience with dwarf apple, peach or pear trees in SEPA? I'm contemplating possibly buying two of each and trying to go down container lane. I've read that it is fairly easy as long as you protect the roots over the winter with some blankets or blanket insulation. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

I also read in another thread where someone suggested that we need a gardening area. I could get behind that as part of Self Sufficiency or even as a sub-forum of Food & Water.
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a buddy did the same thing with dwarf trees. he cut a 55 gallon food grade plastic drum in half, drilled drain holes in the sides and planted the trees. this is the first winter they went through so only time will tell. ill see if he will send me a pic to post

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those are 2 year old columnar apple trees.

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Have a Red Haven Peach which they say is self pollinating but you get better results by having two. Planted last year so won't know for a few months how it turns out. Also planted 2 Blue Crop and 1 Jersey Blue Blueberry bushes last year.
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I have semi-dwarf trees, 2 of each: peaches, plums, apples and cherries. I picked each tree up for $10 each at the end of the gardening season (I think it was Oct) a few years ago. If you want to save $$ wait till the end of the year. If not I suggest checking out Fedco. Great company and selections.

As Dave said even if they say self pollinating you'll be better results with a pair. Also if you do blueberries get 2 different varieties to pollinate each other.

If your tight on space you can also espalier the trees and grow them horizontally rather than vertically. Check out youtube, tons of info there.

I cant find the vid but theres a guy who has a backyard orchard thats all dwarf fruit trees. It's pretty cool. I think he's in the Chicago suburbs if I remember correctly.

I should warn you, squirrels love fruit trees. I did not get a single peach last year. I gotta figure out how to keep them off the trees this year.
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bucksco;94314 Wrote:I should warn you, squirrels love fruit trees. I did not get a single peach last year. I gotta figure out how to keep them off the trees this year.

Make it difficult for them to get to the fruit.



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I have heard about them, and I want a few. That is as far as my knowledge goes.

However, I wouldn't mind a gardening section. Want to get a decent one going, but I have a brown thumb. My cucumbers last year curled into what looked like green onion rings.
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streaker69;94318 Wrote:
bucksco;94314 Wrote:I should warn you, squirrels love fruit trees. I did not get a single peach last year. I gotta figure out how to keep them off the trees this year.

Make it difficult for them to get to the fruit.




LOL. I might just build a large scale version of "Mouse Trap" after seeing this.
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Bill,

I have dwarf fruit trees...you will want to get different variety for pollination purposes. It typically takes 3 years before you start getting fruit.

Last year, I ordered 7 dwarf fruit trees and only my pear tree survived (bad trees)...I have my dwarf fruit tree in a planter, so I can take it with me in a hurry.

I just bought two more larger blueberry bushes at our Depot and put them in planters as well. I figured that if I must leave, I will bring some fresh fruit with me.

Those semi dwarf trees get pretty large, so you want to make sure you get dwarf fruit trees.
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I used to manage 5 acres of dwarf apples for a farm/orchard in SEPA. Here's one tip: Black Walnut trees are death to apple trees. There is a toxin in their root system that will kill your apple trees. So if you have black walnuts in the area, you may have problems. Other than that, you have to learn how to prune them properly and they will do quite well.
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