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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    I love dwarf varieties of fruit trees. They are so much easier to maintain and harvest from as they are all within easy reach. We have dwarf apples (8), pear (1), peach (1), and nectarine (1). The only things I have not been able to get dwarf are greengage plum and a certain variety of pear, so I am planning to espalier them to keep them small. We have two lemons, one is meyer and I don't like it as much as the other variety that we have, but I have no idea what that one is. I love growing citrus because it is often expensive to buy here. We also have two limes and two mandarins, and I would like to add an orange and a grapefruit.

    Good luck choosing your trees Vicsmom. Can you fit in both? I have some of my citrus in large pots rather than the ground so I can fit in more. An avocado tree sounds lovely. We get cold winters and a short summer so I don't think I could grow one here without some assistance for keeping it warmer.

    Enjoy your lemons AM. Fruit from home always tastes way better!
    NZMama, do your fruit trees consistently produce? We have a cherry, apple, pear, and peach tree. Some years we have ton of fruit, others next to nothing. I'm thinking its due to weather our spring weather is conducive to blossoms forming and then maturing into fruit, but I'm no expert.

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    The ones I listed do. I also have some other trees or berries that do not fruit well, well mainly one tree (a dwarf apricot, I think I need a second one as a pollinator for it) and berries (blackberry, loganberry and similar). Everything else I have, apples, pears, peach, nectarine, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, fig, limes, mandarin, feijoa, and currants (black and red), fruits every year. One lemon goes through cycles of one year of really great fruiting and then a second year of ok but not as much. My peach and nectarine struggle a lot with leave curl (fungal disease) and I have to make sure I regularly spray them with a copper fungicide or else I get no fruit from them because it kills the blossoms. I only just got the greengage and have not found a spot for it yet, so do not know how it will go but it is meant to be self-pollinating.

    Some trees need another to help with pollination. Do you have at least two of different things? Like I know my apples, pears, feijoas, and nectarine/peach (can pollinate each other) can fruit on their own but they all do best with another one for pollination.
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    @Inmom - Was that 3 years ago already?? Seems like it was just a little while ago!
    We may do a southern NM based trip staying in Las Cruces next year - hitting white sands, city of rocks, the nuclear testing site (gotta plan that weekend long in advance), and maybe carlsbad caverns.

    @viscmom - its a Eureka lemon.

    It turns out my second planter had nothing in it other than the tomato monster that is rooted in a barrel planter next to the AC.
    I will trim it back some more, but let it live!


    And my blueberries are going crazy!
    I swear this all happened last week when I was gone!

    You may find this book helpful:

    @nzmama - Im still envious of your grove! Im slowly increasing the number of trees, but wish I had done it 13 years ago!
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    Oooh, that book looks good. I shall get it out.

    Fruit has always been part of my life. My parents were orcharders when I was born, and I spent my learning to walk toddler time climbing up ladders during picking time. Then they had a small farm, and my mum always had a huge fruit garden. I can still remember what it smelled like to sit in the middle of the blackcurrant patch under all the bushes and eat them. So the first thing I do anywhere I got is to plant as much as I can and rip out anything that is non-functional to me (which for me is anything flowery or shrubby decorative that does not feed us, the birds, or is good for picked flowers inside).

    DD10 made these peppermint meringues the other day for science (so yummy, from Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science) and served them with fruit for dessert. All the fruit is from our garden.


    Your dog is so cute!

    This was our dog recently. He was feeling pretty down as he caught mites (yuck!) at the kennel and then got a skin infection from licking too much. Thankfully all healed now after lots of pills, cream, iodine baths, and about $300 in vet bills.

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    Fourth year homeschooling.
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    Awwww the Cone of Shame! I hope he gets healed up soon!

    Oooh those science demonstrations look yummy! How do peppermint and berries taste together, though?
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    NZ, you are so lucky to have all that fruit around you! Your dog is the true picture of

    I guess I can have two varieties of lemon, but I really don't do that much with lemons, so I'm afraid I might have more than we can eat. I did find a gardener near me who is selling fruit trees on Craigslist who appears to be grafting multiple citrus varieties on one tree, such as Cara Cara oranges, Eureka lemon, Persian and Meyer all in one. I've actually never heard of the Eureka till AM mentioned it. I'm glad that's a good one.

    Has anyone had any experience growing trees grafted in that manner? Pros & cons? I'm thinking if you graft so many on there that production of each variety must be pretty limited.

    Thanks for suggesting the fruit growing book, AM. I'm going to check it out myself. Right now, my garden is California native, drought tolerant, slowly transitioning to fruits and veg. One day, I'd like to add a couple of egg-laying chickens.

    Over the weekend, we discovered an infestation of spiny black caterpillars climbing up the cream-colored walls of our house. Worried they were going to get picked off by birds, we moved them to a leafy part of our garden. Turns out they were making a pilgrimage to the underside of our eaves to spin their cocoons. Wished we hadn't disturbed some of those guys. They know what they're doing....
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    Mint + fruit is surprisingly ok. It is something DD5 got us on to. She eats mint leaves straight off the plant in the garden and likes to make mint + fruit sandwiches with a mint leave on each side of a blueberry, grape, or raspberry.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Bonsai use that sort of grafting a lot.... I think its called Tanuki, which is a large “nutted” trickster spirit, similar to kokopelli.
    Fruit trees are all grafted rootstocks anyways, and multiple varieties are also sold at Home Depot and Lowes. Usually the problem is that you only want one or two of the “fruit cocktail” varieties.

    There is another physical book I got from the library specifically about growing citrus here in CA... and the web app doesnt give me a history, and I cant search by subject from home.
    It listed all the varieties and relative characteristics of all the citrus that can be found. They led me to this nursery (I think it was written by one of the former nurserypersons) which has a handy chart of the varieties as well. (Theyre in Watsonville, and in Feb of 2017, couldnt ship some varieties to certain counties down here because of quarantine.)

    I am all excited to get in my garden, and perhaps expand my tree collection!
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