I'll admit it: I'm a tree addict. My wife just bought me an almond for our 25th anniversary. I can think of no better gift than another tree, even though it's getting harder and harder to find a space to plant anything else.
Today as family was over for Easter, my brother (who had sat down to watch a bit of the March Madness hoops tourney) said, "You ought to get surround sound speakers for your TV. You can get a nice system for less than $100 bucks." I replied, "That's 3 more fruit trees—maybe 4."
In our suburban orchard/food forest, we've planted about 50 fruit trees (most are unique—only a few duplicates).
I'm curious if anyone can beat me.
Pink Lady (CrippsPink)
Janice Seedless Kadota
Moro Blood Orange
Post Tenebras Lux
Until further notice, we will celebrate everything.
Very fun to list! I have 1 acre total, 1/2 an acre dedicated to a young food forest. So far, this is what we have in terms of trees/perennial shrubs that have an edible crop-- but we're working on getting many more trees! We do have quite a bit of duplication-- like 10 pomegranate trees because I got overly excited that they actually survive our hot dry summer in the Western Cape of South Africa. Heading into winter here, so I'm really looking forward to planting many more trees!
Orange- not sure kind!
Naartjie (type of tangerine)
Grape Fruit- star ruby
Kei apple pawpaw
Golden delicious apple
Lemon - Cape Roughskin
Almond- Texas Mission
Apricot- unknown, another kind
Peach- some other kind!
Plum- one kind
Plum- another kind!
Pomegranate- another variety
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Marco, I am so jealous of your cherimoya, but with 5 acres to play around with I may have you beat in terms of variety types.
Just my non-interspecific plums:
Marco Banks wrote:Wow -- that's a lot of plums. I wish I had 5 acres. Are you grafting those yourself, buying them pre-grafted, or are they just native and grown from seed? What else are you growing?
In addition the plums, I grow peaches, interspecific pums/apricots, apricots, Asian pears, European pears, persimmons, pawpaws, a few apples, and a few cherries. Right now about 85% of my trees were bought pre-grafted. If I can get a 3/4 inch diameter trunk bareroot tree in the variety I want for $10-$12, that's what I'll choose every time. That being said, I have 400 persimmon or pawpaw rootstock arriving in April so my pre-grafted percentage will be dropping like a rock.
I went crazy earlier spent an hour listing all my trees and then when I hit submit the whole session had timed out, so I lost it all. Just as well since I came up with a long list of things I forgot to add. When I moved to the country 15 years ago. I planted like a maniac. The first thing I planted were kiwi vines. I hadn't even moved in yet and the place was rented and I was planting in the snow, in November, obsessed I guess you could say I was, or am! There are 20 acres, about 8 acres of cedar bush that was planted in the 70's, because they said the land wasn't good for anything else. I have planted 300-400 trees every spring for about 10 years. So now I have a mixed bush. The saplings were donated by different counties and they were left overs that no one wanted, after the free spring give aways. So no $ put out. Just time and energy and blessings said over each tree as it was being planted.
So my list so far, I'm sure I'm still missing some is;
maple trees we tap and make Maple syrup
birch which I will tap in the future sometime
apple orchard empire, cortlands, lobo and many ancient varieties that I graft onto wild apple trees.
asian pear which I had grafted onto my wild apple tree and 2 grafts took were beautiful and robust and after 3 years and the winter of 2014/15 they died.
nanny berry wild currant grow wild in all my hedgerows
osage orange which is rare for this area
kiwis hardy issai
another hardy variety larger than the issai that I use to dehydrate since I'm allergic to these fresh.
grapes many varieties from my italian neighbours, that they brought back from the homeland
carpathian walnuts that I brought back the nuts from Romania myself. Put into my test garden and one escaped from me and is now 9 meters high harvested 2 buckets of walnuts the last 2 years.
White Mulberries for the fruit, the leaves, the bark, the roots, leaves for teas and for my silk worms.
Plums green gage
My inside trees that get moved in and out
3 types of passion fruit,
Many more too many to mention just planted for my soul
posted 2 years ago
It really helps my trees when I do the biodynamic tree paste and they just seem to gobble it up. You really notice it on the trees that are doing poorly, they look like they've been revived a year later!
I will open the floodgates of his own worst nightmare! All in a tiny ad: