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Old Mar 10th, 2017, 13:52 PM   1
.Mrs.B.
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Fruit trees


I want to plant some low maintenance small fruit trees in my garden.
I'm looking for edible fruit.
Does anyone have any advice/tips they can share?



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2017, 14:02 PM   2
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We have pear, Apple and plum trees. Other than pruning they don't take much care really, we get lots of fruit every year, unless we've done a hard prune the year before.

Eta- we also have a patch where we grow strawberries, and we have black currants as well as herbs and veggies, kids love it



 
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Plums sound good, I like the idea of an apple tree but is it hard work to keep them small? Or can you get ones that don't grow too big?
How do you grow good strawberries? My sister once grew some outside and she got plenty of strawberries but they were the size of blueberries, haha.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2017, 10:25 AM   4
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You can keep the trees in pots so they don't get too big, I found this for the best varieties to grow in pots!

I'm only on second year of strawberries so will see how they go but I don't think they ever do grow as those you get in supermarkets!



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2017, 10:26 AM   5
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 09:27 AM   6
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Big juicy strawberries need lots and lots and lots of water. Strawberries and tomatoes are the only thing I can successfully grow, everything else goes to pot 😀

We grow them right in the grow bags and water in the morning and again in the evening. Cover with mesh to keep away the bugs and make sure they're in the sun.



 
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 11:15 AM   7
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Search for dwarf fruit trees, they can grow in containers....that said we got a cherry one last year and it didn't last, that's probably me though. I'm not very green fingered!



 
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Old Mar 14th, 2017, 13:25 PM   8
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Same as pp said, if you want smaller trees, get the dwarf varieties. We planted pear, apple, and cherry trees last year. Still a few years away from having fruit, but so far they have been fairly easy to care for. Just fertilize, mulch, water, and prune. We have major japanese beetle issues where I live, too, so I have several traps around the trees to keep them from destroying the trees.



 
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