When people ask me when they should plant fruit trees…I say…’yesterday!’
I say this because fruit trees can take years to prosper – for you to get ‘food results’.
For example I haven’t seen an avocado from my over 12 year old avocado tree.
But let me tell you a story, because that’s not always the case…
My Spring Satin dwarf plumcot tree was bought for $16 AUD in November 2015, marked down from $45.
The tree had obviously experienced dehydration at the ‘big shed’ it came from, and looked quite sorry for itself on that overpopulated markdown shelf. It was the only plumcot there.
I knew this tree had potential with my help, because it’s genetics and nursery supplier were reputable. I had also heard only great things about this variety, to that point.
It is now 3.5 foot high and in remarkable health. It’s small stature is definitely not an indicator of fruiting ability in my experience.
The tree is planted within stone’s throw from a satsuma plum, and a nashi pear that blossom at the same time. It’s possible these are acting as pollinators or at least encouraging pollinators for this partially self-fertile fruit tree.
So far this year it has produced 850g of fruit, with average fruit mass of 18.8g.
No fruit fly, minimal water, drought tolerant, delicious tasting fruit!
While I still advise getting all your fruit trees in early I want to show you that some are surprisingly quick to fruit!
These are the type of images I was dreaming of when I started my garden 26 years ago.
This fruit took only 3 years!
Get planting! 🌸
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