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    I just did an all day course yesterday at the NY Botanical Garden on establishing and maintaining fruit trees. So happy! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    Fruit porn for the win!
    It makes me a little flustered when I look at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    I just did an all day course yesterday at the NY Botanical Garden on establishing and maintaining fruit trees. So happy! :-)
    Actually, since we were talking about Apricot trees and you just had this course...Dwarf Apricot trees can be carefully maintained to a reasonable level (like 6 feet or so) with careful pruning and training-not butchering into hedges, and you can plant two or even three dwarfs in the same extra large hole(maybe a foot apart-kind of like how you see birches planted in a clump of three) to help for pollination (it helps even though they are usually self fertile), and if they are carefully pruned and trained to spread out more than up, you can provide at least some frost protection by draping blankets or quilts over them.

    Even if the get zapped by frosts and do not fruit, they are beautiful in flower and have very beautiful leaves-they are the prettiest of the decidious orchard fruit trees IMO.

    After I had to cut down my very large(and still growing rapidly) Manchurian 'bush'(yeah, right) Apricot tree, I bought two dwarfs (Harcot and Harlayne) and planted them in the same hole. For the few years I had them until I moved, I did get some fruit one year, and a good crop(several dozen from the two small trees) another year-and picking those golden sun warmed orbs of deliciousness was so rewarding-right off the tree they were the best fruit I ever tasted!

    *I am seriously tempted to buy two dwarfs, plant them in a huge container on my porch, and then drag them inside when frost threatens them in the Spring-and even hand pollinate-just to get fresh off the tree Apricots!

    Hell why not?- I think I am going to do this-would be less than 50 bucks wasted...why not give it a try?-I already have a huge container that needs a new plant(I planted three aronia bushes in it and I want to put them in the ground now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    *I am seriously tempted to buy two dwarfs, plant them in a huge container on my porch, and then drag them inside when frost threatens them in the Spring-and even hand pollinate-just to get fresh off the tree Apricots!

    Hell why not?- I think I am going to do this-would be less than 50 bucks wasted...why not give it a try?
    Oh, dear. I kept reading this whole post as if you were going to buy two human dwarves. You could hand-pollinate them and taste their orbs of deliciousness! I think that picture was dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Oh, dear. I kept reading this whole post as if you were going to buy two human dwarves. You could hand-pollinate them and taste their orbs of deliciousness! I think that picture was dangerous.
    If I could buy two human dwarves..I already would have! Talk about a kinky threesome! 'orbs of deliciousness' now is making me think of butts and that 'Baby got Back song with the plump fruits spinning and Becky and dwarves and everything.

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    Fruit porn and hand-pollinated human dwarves. Who would've thought the twists and turns that an innocent gardening thread could take?
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    Ok, so over the weekend, we planted the cherry tree, the nectarine tree & the grape vine. I had to order another cherry tree for pollination purposes and I also ordered a blueberry plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    Ok, so over the weekend, we planted the cherry tree, the nectarine tree & the grape vine. I had to order another cherry tree for pollination purposes and I also ordered a blueberry plant.
    You really have to look out for the soil types with some of these plants. Especially the blueberries-they only seem to do well in extremely acidic soil.I have two dwarf(oh here we go with the dwarves again!)blueberry bushes planted in a half whiskey barrel, and the vast majority of the soil in it is peat moss.

    Also there are a number of self-pollinating sweet cherry trees, and most sour/pie cherry are self fertile.

    Do you know what varieties of these plants you purchased? Just wondering.

    Also at one time or the other at the old place I had:

    -a grape vine-got horrible diseases so I cut it down.
    -a sweet cherry tree-lapins-self pollinating-got a couple cherries out of it before it became diseased and I cut it down.

    -a sour cherry tree(dwarf Northstar) -was a little wonder tree-very hardy and productive- just suddenly up and died one year.

    Never had a nectarine. Only a peach(Redhaven) which was fantastic.

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    royalton sweet cherry dwarf supreme (yeah, I get the dwarfs too) Stark Bro's - Royalton
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    royalton sweet cherry dwarf supreme (yeah, I get the dwarfs too) Stark Bro's - Royalton
    Stark Bro's is relatively good as a mail order nursery. That is where I got my Lapins cherry from as well as my two dwarf apricots, and my Liberty apple trees-including the one that is at my father's house and is thriving and had so many apples this past year that we made pies, applesauce, etc.

    A quality company really.

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    That's who I use for all my mail order. My nectarine is a dwarf too. They also sell the acidity shit to put in the soil for the blueberries (I meant to say that earlier!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    That's who I use for all my mail order. My nectarine is a dwarf too. They also sell the acidity shit to put in the soil for the blueberries (I meant to say that earlier!).
    I am very tempted to get another dwarf Harglow and dwarf Goldcot Apricot to put in one large container together on my porch so I can move it inside and protect from frosts, hand pollinate, etc. Damn catalogs are like porn and make my mouth water..I just had to go look at the damn catalog.

    They do not even carry Liberty apples anymore!

    Also..any plant that starts with Har..is usually from Harrow Research Station in Ontario and they are usually very good trees. Harcot, Hargrand, Harlayne, etc.

    Anything with Pri... in it is usually from Purdue University...Apples like Williams Pride, Enterprise, etc. also usually good varieties.

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    Well, my little dwarf nectarine already has fruit on it. The cherry trees have nice branches full of leaves now and the grape vine is really taking off. My blueberry bush is still basically just a stick... must work on that damned blueberry bush!
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    ^^That's awesome!

    For the blueberry, I think there need to be two plants for fertilization (at least that's what they told me at the garden centre about mine). Maybe that was already mentioned upthread somewhere. I'm on my second glass of wine and am too lazy to check.

    (and WTF is with the two phantom pages? I couldn't figure out at first why there was such a flurry of posts over your baby nectarines.)

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    ^ I was going to say the same thing, but I thought maybe it had already been mentioned and didn't want to admit that I was too lazy to go back and look! But yeah, you'll need at least two blueberry plants for pollination. They also like well-drained, rather acidic soil.
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