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Juan Pedro Ortiz
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Hey guys does anyone know of any where in Australia where we can get cheap fruit trees?
I am looking for somewhere affordable (hopefully in Victoria) to get a heap of fruit trees for the beginnings of a food forest.
Last year I bought from a place in North Vic but at $20+ per bare rooted tree it quickly adds up!

Any ideas? Seems like there are a few places in the US where people can source trees for fairly cheap but I haven't been able to find anything similar down here.
Any help would be hugely appreciated.

cheers
Jpo
 
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Juan Pedro Ortiz wrote:Hey guys does anyone know of any where in Australia where we can get cheap fruit trees?
I am looking for somewhere affordable (hopefully in Victoria) to get a heap of fruit trees for the beginnings of a food forest.
Last year I bought from a place in North Vic but at $20+ per bare rooted tree it quickly adds up!

Any ideas? Seems like there are a few places in the US where people can source trees for fairly cheap but I haven't been able to find anything similar down here.
Any help would be hugely appreciated.

cheers
Jpo


I don't live in Australia so I don't know the answer to this. However, in the USA, many state and federal agencies offer trees in bundles at extremely affordable prices (to help in reforestation and as benefit for wildlife, erosion control, etc.) You may want to contact your local government agencies similar to our USDA or conservation agencies, to see if there are similar programs available in your country. There may even be cost share programs available if the trees also benefit the landscape in some way. Can't hurt to ask. Good luck!
 
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Prices are usually around the same, in New Zealand, perhaps a little cheaper. Honestly, it seems like a fair price. We do get occasional sales of seasonal grafted fruit trees at the local low quality detritus for cheap mart, known as The Warehouse. Or end of season sales, at the same place, or at nurseries who are having a clear out. Other than that, your best bet is grafting or planting from seed. I have an expensive orchard of trees purchased at the going rate, and at sales, and I am still learning to graft and growing my own plants from seeds. The majority of my attempts to germinate plants from seed or cuttings have succeeded. I currently have seedlings of apricot, avocado, persimmon, tamarind and various citrus.

Konstantinos has a great project thread with lots of pictures, where he goes about Greece planting seeds, and then revisiting to show the results.

I suggest finding a local place that sells rootstock cuttings. Buy 100 or so when the correct time of year arises (winter), and put them in coarse sand to grow roots. When they have roots, plant them out and then buy or acquire in some way a whole lot of cuttings and graft them. Personally, I would buy dwarfing rootstock and grow them in a cordon, with each tree closely spaced in a row angled on the side to promote fruit bearing. The ones you like the most can have cuttings taken again from them at a later point, and can be grafted out to larger rootstock in the places you have decided on for them in the meantime.

In the meantime, when you eat an apple or pear or persimmon you like, immediately take the seeds and put them in a sealed ziplock bag with moist but not wet potting mix in the fridge. Leave it in the fridge over winter, and they should germinate send out roots in the bag. I had a 100% success rate. Tamarind seeds, you can just nick them to get past the hard dark seed coat and plant them. Stone fruit can be cracked, and the kernel extracted, and that can be planted immediately.
 
Juan Pedro Ortiz
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Hey guys thanks for the tips.
I've put a bunch of apple seeds into the fridge so fingers crossed they germinate.
I'm going to give the Department of Primary Industries a ring this week and see what they know. I haven't found them to be very helpful in the past though so not expecting much.
Konstantinos thread is awesome! What a worthwhile endeavour!
 
Juan Pedro Ortiz
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Hey here's a place to get heritage Scion wood in Melbourne. Now to find some root stock!

http://www.heritagefruitssociety.org.au/
 
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