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Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« on: August 22, 2017, 02:58:27 AM »
My parents have had a really nice plum tree in their Los Angeles front yard for 40 years, but it's finally done. It'll make a small handful of fruit this year, but the trunk is rotted out, and branches are just falling off. It's time to call it a career.


We're thinking of replacing it with a grafted cocktail tree with plums, peaches, nectarines, etc. Where can one buy such a tree in California? A lot of places that sell these trees online are prohibited from shipping into CA.


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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 03:51:37 AM »
H and h nursery in Lakewood. They have a large selection of dwn trees (lots of multigrafted still be trees). You can also go on dwn website and track down what trees you like. I believe you can actually see which nurseries ordered a particular tree type and call them directly, although you may have better luck during bareroot season when the orders come in.

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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 01:47:03 PM »
You can get the DWN ones with all the taste test winners grafted on. Green Thumb Nursery sells their trees but not sure which ones exactly.

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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 05:20:04 PM »
Thanks! It took me some time to figure out what "DWN" means, but now I know!


It turns out that there are multiple retailers in Los Angeles that carry his "fruit salad" trees, so I'm going to make a visit this weekend and see if they have varieties that I like, and that will grow well here in Los Angeles.


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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 10:00:13 AM »
Glad you got some help but while I think it's fun to drop by various nurseries and check out what they have, I think you can save some time by:
1) going on the dwn website
2) click on home garden at the top left
3) select variety finder at top right
4) this will bring you to a page with all of their listed trees. Multi-bidder ones appear at the top of the list but you can use the filters to further refine your options
5) choose the variety you are interested in
6) you should now be at a page that lists which nurseries bought that particular tree. The results listed are for all states so just scroll down until you find the relevant zip codes (how the list is organized on my phone) and give them a call.


Hope this post saves you some time. There's only so much driving you can do, especially here in socal

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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 02:09:18 PM »
Thanks!


I actually wanted to stop by my local garden center so I can talk to folks who know which varieties grow well, here. The manager at my local Orchard was very familiar with the DWN trees, and he said I should wait until December/January to plant the bare-root ones when they arrive. He says transplanting a potted stone fruit tree at this time of year is setting myself up for failure.


The pricing was also surprising. 5 gallon, 4-in-1 Citrus Cocktail from La Verne for $129!


I hope the bare roots are less expensive.


Yes, I'll research the varieties I want and then I can ask Orchard to order in November or so.


I'm thinking about a cocktail citrus and a cocktail stone fruit for myself, and then a cocktail stone fruit for my parents. And maybe an apple/pear for myself as well. If they're not too expensive.
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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 04:06:42 PM »
Wait, citrus doesn't have bare root. Yes, LaVerne grafts 5 to a plant and sells them as 4 in case one dies. They were around $100 when a small group of us went to visit the nursery a couple years ago.

Bare root stone fruits are much cheaper than potted plants. They have a greater chance of survival too.

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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 03:05:19 PM »
Wait, citrus doesn't have bare root. Yes, LaVerne grafts 5 to a plant and sells them as 4 in case one dies. They were around $100 when a small group of us went to visit the nursery a couple years ago.

Bare root stone fruits are much cheaper than potted plants. They have a greater chance of survival too.



Yeah, sorry for writing poorly. I meant that I hoped the bare root stone fruits were less than the cocktail citrus that I saw.


I was watching a planting video from DWN, and they prune the heck out of the plants when they put them in the ground. There's almost nothing left! Is that normal and necessary?
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Re: Cocktail Stone Fruit Tree for Southern California?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 03:32:31 PM »
I didn't see that video. I bought peach trees from Home Depot to graft other stone fruits onto and they grew fine without pruning. A few twigs towards the bottom of the tree aborted themselves along with the grafts on them.

I think some branches will die by themselves if you don't prune them, depending on how much roots it's able to grow. Maybe some pruning helps it keep all the grafts, so it doesn't decide to abort the smallest ones.

 

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