Fruit trees that do good under other trees

Fruit trees that do good under other trees

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Fruit trees that do good under other trees?

I got a Great Big D 20 year old Dandy peach from my local shop and it is doing fabulously so far. I also have 2 butternut, 1 wizimari orange and 3 macadamias that are all doing fine. All fruits are well past the point of planting, which they were all planted 3 years ago. I think they are all doing so well because there is no competing trees around. I also have no feeding but feed some kind of a food concentrate? I will soon be applying a mulch about 1/2 inch thick, is that good or bad? Is it necessary to have good drainage and any specifics? I live in Vancouver British Columbia where there is not much rain or dry season. Just been looking at the web site and can't make heads or tails out of it. Many of the other pages ask that there is limited sun but no mention of rain. I plan to let the fruit trees have ample light. Any idea how I can fix the web site? Can I grow apples on the south side of the house? In So Cal, many people's irrigation system is on the east side. So, if they are on the south side, can I place my fruit trees there? Are there any specific side of the house recommendations for fruit trees? I would appreciate any information on fruit trees and related questions.


If you aren't getting any problems from the competition with your non-fruit bearing trees, then no need for a nutrient bath. For competition, you can either get dwarf fruit trees or train or prune large trees so they don't grow too tall and block the light reaching other plants. Fruit is just food, so you can do just about anything you want with them to make them the most nutritious food possible. Have fun experimenting.

Although it is quite possible to grow apples, oranges, peaches, pears, figs, apricots, and plums from a dwarf tree and most of those fruit trees have all the same problems as full grown trees, i would recomend planting at least one full sized fruit tree to produce their own fertilizer as they will also be producing fruit. Why not try growing some apple varieties that mature at a much smaller size. Of course, you will be limited to the varieties they sell, but you may be able to find a dwarf variety of one of those for your personal use and experiment with those.

The better question is how much is your competition. I don't see why not. I have a mixed setup of vegetables and fruit trees and they have all grown in the same space for almost 30 years. Do you have a drip irrigation system?

Even if you don't have drip irrigation you might still be able to use a nutrient rich mulch to protect the fruit from fungal diseases. On the web site you linked you stated that you have limited sun. I can't tell how bad or good that is, but I do know you probably will not be getting as much sun at the height of the summer as you would if you were planted in full sun.

You might need to apply a drip line as well. All of that is covered on the web site. It is probably a good idea to get a good book on fruit tree care and maybe a more detailed manual on how to set up a drip line.

I too plant almost exclusively (almost) everything myself. However, I do share one of the local nurseries, for plantings of trees and for sales of certain plants. I enjoy it and the people I do business with. On the internet, there are no standards, so check out the nurseries. The only thing I would like to see improved on the web site is the growth of fruit trees. I have gotten more information from the phone than I have found online.

Don't let it get to you, as in the case of my poor Great Big D, when I plant a tree, even if it is the last one in a new bed, it takes it's place and I don't fret over the thought of somebody else getting to it first. That is the beauty of having a garden!

I have grown many fruit trees in a single landscape over the years. Although some have thrived while others have not done as well. Trees have a much different growth rate and maturity than most herbs and vegetables. Trees are slow growers, at least compared to the same size trees grown in my neighborhood.

So, they do have competition. I have often found that a dense grove of fruit trees growing in the same area can "steal" the sun, or shade the fruit bearing trees if they are too tall or too close together. Sun, is a very important issue.

As long as the fruit trees are not where they will restrict your light or where their mature height would be too great. I would keep in mind that the fruit trees have been much longer than you have been in residence. A mature tree is 20 years old