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Planting fruit trees in groups
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:24:34 AM »
My husband wants to "landscaping" - he wants to plant a grouping of fruit trees in an island-3 or 4 trees close together.  Has anyone done this? How close is too close?

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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 10:19:31 AM »
Here's what I know (which isn't very much ???).  Dave Wilson Nursery in CA recommends as part of intensive home fruit gardening planting 3 or 4 varieties of their deciduous fruit trees in one big hole several inches apart, and then pruning each to remain the same size and growing away from the trunks to the outside.  I've seen other nurseries recommend doing the same with avocado trees.  I don't see why this couldn't be done with mango trees, as well, as long as they're cultivars that share similar growth habits, e.g., compactness or dwarfness.  I'll admit that I've haven't tried this myself yet.  And there's also the idea of a fruit hedge with trees that respond to that type of intensive pruning.
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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012, 10:53:31 AM »
Here's what I know (which isn't very much ???).  Dave Wilson Nursery in CA recommends as part of intensive home fruit gardening planting 3 or 4 varieties of their deciduous fruit trees in one big hole several inches apart, and then pruning each to remain the same size and growing away from the trunks to the outside.  I've seen other nurseries recommend doing the same with avocado trees.  I don't see why this couldn't be done with mango trees, as well, as long as they're cultivars that share similar growth habits, e.g., compactness or dwarfness.  I'll admit that I've haven't tried this myself yet.  And there's also the idea of a fruit hedge with trees that respond to that type of intensive pruning.

Inga fixes nitrogen, and is good to plant near other fruit trees, just not too close (but it can be coppiced, so maybe as close as u like.

Don't plant a sapodilla, tamarind, white sapote, black sapote, mango, and avocado in a small planting area.  Or you'll have a real crowded orchard.  These trees get big, somewhat quickly in some cases (5yrs or less).

here are some that can find a spot to flourish in a crowded garden,

Jaboticaba
miracle fruit
carambola
certain Garcinia


Good luck!

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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 05:58:18 PM »
My husband wants to "landscaping" - he wants to plant a grouping of fruit trees in an island-3 or 4 trees close together.  Has anyone done this? How close is too close?


Dave Wilson Nursery has lots of good videos\
Plant 3 Fruit Trees In 1 Hole
Plant 3 Fruit Trees In 1 Hole


http://www.youtube.com/user/DaveWilsonTrees/videos?sort=dd&view=u&page=2

******FWIW I have five citrus trees planted close together..... 10 feet apart

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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012, 08:54:25 PM »
I have 3 lychees in one hole that seem to be growing great. From a distance you would never know there was mre than one tree there. Probably about 18" between them.

I also have peaches planted the same way.

My 2 jackfruit are only about 3ft apart as well.

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Re: Planting fruit trees in groups
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 11:10:28 PM »
Thanks for the info.  :) ill show this to my husband

 

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