Real World Gardener Small Fruit Trees for Small Gardens

June 12th, 2016

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Small or Dwarf Fruit Trees

Normally fruit trees grow to 8 - 10 metres in height, such as Avocado or Mango.

What do you do if you want to plant fruit trees in your garden but want ones that aren’t that big.

There’s usually dwarf varieties of the particular type that you want but how dwarf is dwarf really?

Is there another way to grow fruit trees without going dwarf?

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Fruit trees can be espaliered photo M Cannon

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You can plant your fruit trees closer together and prune them from a young age to have an open canopy so that they don't get diseases.

Trees that are too dense inside the canopy are prone to scale and fungal problems.



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Meyer Lemon tree comes in a dwarf form.



The concept of a dwarf fruit tree is really fruit trees that are naturally occurring as a small tree but they still grow to 4 metres.

Unless of course they're grafted onto dwarfing stock.

Multi-grafted trees are a great way to get multiple fruit trees in one planting hole but you have to be on top of the pruning of each variety very early on or the strongest one will take over and the others will die.

The other alternative is to plant two of something into the one planting hole or if you have the time and inclination, espalier your fruit trees.

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