Silly me I was under the impression that semi-dwarf fruittrees stop growing at the size indicated in the fruit tree catalog. I planted a sweet lapins cherry tree about 5ft away from my compost bins. 3yrs later the cherry tree which was supposed to be 10-12' I thought is now over 16' tall and still pushing forward at an impressive clip. I like the idea of Fukuoka's no prune techniques and I have followed them as best I can. My cherry tree after I planted it received no pruning at all. It looks very much like what Fukuoka indicates a natural growth pattern should be. My question to everyone else out there is has anyone else just let their semi-dwarf trees go? If so how large did they end up?
similar situation with dwarf pear trees, they are well over 18' tall and are still babies ! Because of late frosts in the spring I lost the buds on most of my fruit trees but there were 2 pear buds that produced, one fell off when I was a little rough trying to show someone..dang..but ONE made it to ripeness and it was fantastically flavored I'm really looking forward to a harvest next year !!
possibly we are just giving them different care than they are getting in those controls that they base the sizes on?? with our permie gardens.
Bloom where you are planted.