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Sat, 01/07/2012 - 00:11 — Kimberly Bird
Grow an Orchard on One Tree!
Why grow one type of fruit on a tree when you can grow multiple types of fruit on one tree?
Your gardening friends will think you’re a horticultural genius! Your foodie friends will envy your harvest. Your taste buds will delight in the flavorful vastness from your garden. You’ll achieve all this by simply planting a fruit tree that’s been grown with several different varieties of fruit trees grafted to the trunk of one. Instead of planting, watering and caring for multiple trees, you’ll plant one and get the harvest of many trees.
Now is the time to plant any type of fruit or nut tree including the multi-fruit varieties. Dallas garden centers, Calloway’s Nursery and Houston garden centers, Cornelius Nursery recommends the following multi-fruit tree varieties for Texas gardens:
5N1 Apple Trees: Spring time blooms feature flower color variations due to multi-varietal grafting. Enjoy the harvest in mid to late summer offering fruit for fresh- eating, baking, desserts and applesauce. 5N1 Apple trees are moderate growers and average 30’ tall and 30’ wide. The 5N1 Apple tree should be spaced 30’ apart and prefers neutral to slightly acid soil. And because the tree is self fertile, you really can grow an orchard of apples with one tree! The main tree is Winesap with buds of Red Delicious, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Mutzu (Crispin).
Fruit Cocktail Trees: Showcasing a variety of Springtime blooms in the garden, Fruit Cocktail Fruit trees are moderate growers and reach 30’ in height and 30’ in width. These fruit trees should be spaced 25’ apart and prefer neutral to slightly acid soil. The self pollinating trees offer a fruit cocktail harvest including apricots, plums, and nectarines and peaches mid-summer. Each variety is are perfect for fresh-eating, baking, preserves or desserts. These special grown fruit trees feature a mix of varieties including: Santa Rosa Plum, Bruce Plum, Elberta Peach, Belle of Georgia Peach and Surecrop Nectarine.
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3N1 Pear: A moderate grower reaching 30’ wide by 30’ tall, this Spring bloomer produces fresh Orient, Kieffer and Bartlett Pears ready for harvest late Summer. The 3N1 is known for producing large quantities of fruit and thrives best in neutral to slightly acid soil. Each variety is perfect for either fresh-eating, canning, baking or desserts. And the tree offers flowering accents in the Spring and Summer shade.
When looking to add or replace a tree in your Texas landscape these multi-purpose plants offer both fruit and functionality in the garden. A garden project that looks good and tastes good, now that’s all good!
If you like growing fruit trees you might also be interested in growing berries and grapes. Read about the new pink blueberries here. For information about Texas recommended grapes and berries read this blog. And stay tuned as we bring you the latest information about fresh new plants arriving at Calloway's and Cornelius Nursery daily!