Miniature – Dwarf – Semi-Dwarf Fruit Tree Orchard

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Miniature Fruit Trees

Control Fruit Tree size by growing them in Pots, with top and root pruning. Fruit trees can be grown in large pots (10 to 15 inches). Growing trees in pots will restrict their size even without pruning. Fruit trees in pots should be grown in fertile soil with 1/3 of the soil mix being perlite or vermiculite to keep the soil from getting waterlogged. Fruit trees require regular watering and good fertility. You can use slow release fertilizer pellets, or feed them every two weeks with a high potassium liquid fertilizer. Fruit trees in pots should be re-potted every other year.

Meyer lemon trees are popular as both a Miniature and a Dwarf decorative Lemon tree.

Dwarf fruit trees
Dwarf fruit trees generally reach 8 to 10 feet in height at maturity. They produce regular sized fruit on smaller sized trees.

Almost all fruits trees can be had grafted to genetic altered dwarf tree root stock, Dwarf trees have altered DNA root stock that causes them grow very short and fairly heavy branches.
Apple, Apricot, Nectarine, Peach and Pear as well as Almonds are common dwarf trees.
Hint Fruit tree breeders have not been very successful in dwarfing Cherry trees. Even so called dwarf cherry trees may still reach 20 to 25 feet in height at maturity.

Semi-Dwarf Fruit trees
Are commonly available in most nurseries and give you the biggest bang for your buck.
Semi-dwarf fruit trees are medium sized and very productive, they give you maximum fruit yield per square foot of tree foot print.

Semi-Dwarf fruit trees do not require any special attention. Water, fertilize, prune and treat for insects just as you would do for your standard size fruit or nut trees.

Proper Pollination
Pollination is vital to the successful fruit production. Inadequate pollination is the #1 reason why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit at all. To create the best pollination environment for your fruit tree, check tree description to see which pollinating varieties is recommend. Even trees listed as self pollinating will benefit from having a pollinator tree near by. If you have room, always plant another compatible variety for optimum fruit production.

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2 responses to “Miniature – Dwarf – Semi-Dwarf Fruit Tree Orchard

  1. I never thought to have a pollinator for the self-pollinating trees, a good idea, more of a guarantee than not! Do you know if fruit trees kept in pots (maybe for a few years) will go well if eventually planted in the ground? My guess is that provided you do all the right things when transplanting, it’d maybe be a bit stunted in growth.

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