Dwarf Fruit Trees

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dwarf citrus kumquat can easily be grown in a bonsai bag picture taken at Daleys Nursery up against the shed in 2004

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There are many ways to have Dwarf Fruit Trees suitable for turning your small backyard into a thriving orchard. To grow dwarf trees successfully in containers all you need to do is supply a rich potting mix and re-pot regularly. Feed the trees every 6 months with a slow release fertiliser, provide plenty of sunlight, and keep the tree moist. The secret with keeping trees healthy and productive in containers is to re-pot and prune (roots and tops) at least every two years.
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Naturally Dwarf Plants

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These plant varieties are naturally small and often very good for growing in pots. They are usually very easy to keep under 2m tall via pruning when grown in the ground or via root restriction in a pot.
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Semi Dwarf Plants

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When compared to the average size of this plant they are usually much smaller. Eg. If a mulberry naturally grows to 10m but this particular mulberry is known to be 2-5m then this is a semi dwarf fruit tree. Often produced by growing them from cuttings but can be just unique to the particular variety.
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True Dwarf Plants

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A true dwarf uses grafting or cuttings to produce a tree that is very compact and small but produces the same sized fruit. Examples would be citrus where the tree usually grows over 5m but when dwarf it can be under 2m.

Dwarf Plum Gulf Gold Tree (G)

$37.00 ($34.95-$79.00 choose a size)

This golden plum is firm with excellent flavour & texture and a small seed. 350 hours chill. This dwarf plum is an ideal backyard variety and perfect for pots. An excellent all-round variety with the added bonus that it doesn't seem to be attractive to fruit fly as much as other stonefruit. Partially self pollinating but benefits from pollination with Gulf Ruby. Attractive in spring when it is smother in white blossoms.

Dwarf Mulberry - Black

$21.90 ($19.75-$79.00 choose a size)

This mulberry has a very low chill factor making it ideal for our subtropical climate. Pruning after fruiting allows it to be kept under 3mtrs, and also encourages multiply cropping throughout the summer. It is best to pick the fruit when ripe, as it doesn't ripen further off the tree. A benefit of a mulberry tree is that the fruit ripens over an extended period of time unlike other fruit that often ripens all at once. The fruits of the black mulberry, considered the tastiest and most versatile of the mulberries are large and juicy with a good balance of sweetness and tartness. The fruit of the dwarf black mulberry is the same as that on the large black mulberry that we all know and love. The fruit is large, resembling a blackberry, sweet and luscious. When not devoured fresh it is ideal to use in jams, wines and mulberry pies. (Dwarf Mulberry Tree Video )This variety performs excellent in the Subtropics. There has been feedback that this variety doesn't perform as well in Temperate Climates.

Blueberry - Rahi

$27.00 ($17.90-$27.00 choose a size)

Firm light blue berries have great flavour and store well. A Rabbit Eye variety it will need another Rabbit Eye variety planted with it for cross pollination such as the premier, brightwell or powderblue. Deciduous and frost hardy but take care to protect it from late frost which can damage the spring flowers.

Natal Plum - Desert Star

$17.90

Very attractive, dark, glossy evergreen foliage makes an appealing shrub year round In warmer months, the plant is scattered with large, white starry, scented flowers at the end of each branch. The small red fruits are edible and can be made into chutneys and relishes. Good for pots, tubs, dry borders and rockeries. Little maintenance needed, very hardy. Native to Mozambique.

Nanking Cherry

$34.95

Grown for both its spectacular show of spring blossom and it tiny tasty fruits which are used in jam, jellies, juices and wines as well as being pickled with vegetables. It is prized by bonsai growers and can be used as a dwarfing rootstock for other cherries. Suitable for cool climates, it will crop in cooler parts of the Sydney basin.

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