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Grow you own fruit trees

 
herbert prohl
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Grow you own fruit trees!

Or:

Why planting seeds?


Every year since 2006 all of us: Anne, Javier, Leo, Kean & I have planted hundreds of seeds, of fruits we ate throughout the year, of the best peaches, apricots, plums and also a few cherry pips.

From fruit we had bought and eaten, instead of throwing them away into the compost they went into the ground.

Each summer the soil here dries up and long deep cracks open up filling slowly with topsoil, plant debris being blown in there by the wind.

Not much work at all they just dropped in.

Every year since then we have about 20 or so new seedlings growing up all over the garden. Some will die of thirst, be eaten by wildlife or get cut when I clear for walkways.

But, you might say, they will not grow true to type, nor have any fruit or if so only small ones!

Here are our reasons to plant them:

You have bought the fruit and the stone and each time you throw away a seed/stone you throw away a potentially beautiful and fruit bearing tree!

Any seedling growing in whatever soil you have, apparently liked the conditions to get started.

If it survives it will establish a strong root system.

It will probably get smaller fruit, but it will still be delicious, nutritious & healthy home grown fruit. We have already enough plums and apricots throughout the whole harvesting season from seedling trees.

So you still do not like the outcome? You can always graft the tree with your favorite variety or just leave the fruits for the wildlife to enjoy.

Finally, all plants grown from seed will enrich biodiversity as the plants/trees you have created is a new variety!


The tiny input of work, to poke a little hole into the ground, drop some seeds and cover them with soil or just a stone is well worth it ,:- )




 
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Bonjour Herbert
I live to the south of you near Angers and I too plant out seeds mainly apricots and peaches . The trouble is how long until they bare fruit .
Plus its a bit hit and miss .You need a lot of space but it is free .
I prefer using these plants as root stock for more established types .

David
 
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Bonjour David,

Oh, I have plenty of rootstock for pear, plum, peach, apricot ... Some seedling trees have gooood apricots and plums and the seedlings give us a large harvesting window..

Happy planting ,:- )

cordially,

Herb
 
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I have lots of plums as hte rootstock keeps throwing up "babies "
Have you had any luck with le grenadier / pomegranate?
It was suggested in "4 Saisons du jardin bio " recently but I am unsure as to what type to buy


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pomegranade really grows well from seed, maybe one of your seedlings will be the best one ever & coldhardy ,: -)
here they just survive ... it's best to mound them up for cold & water drainage.
Here some to buy: http://www.fig-baud.com/grenadiers.html
cordially,

Herb
 
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