Victor He

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Just curious if anyone has been successful. I know there are problems with certain fruit trees in Kentucky. Late frosts and such.

But even if I don't get fruit every year, it might be worth it to me if the trees can thrive well.

Anyone had any luck?

Thanks.
5 months ago
Thanks for all the comments everyone.  Very helpful info.
1 year ago
I've been reading both here and elsewhere on the web to come up with a list of good guild options for various fruit tree varieties.  It seems there are more articles on apple tree guilds than anything else, which is why that list is longer.

Below is what I've come up with so far. All of the plants are listed with a tree that is a pairing someone recommended online. (so, for example, if someone said nasturtiums were good for apples, I didn't automatically apply that to the other fruit trees)

Also, these lists are by no means extensive.  In fact, I've removed most plants that are extremely poisonous or invasive (I have kids and pets around).

I've toyed with the idea of doing guilds where every plant around the tree is edible, so that is what I lean toward, but have included a few that are highly recommended that aren't edible.

If you have any suggestions about what I've got (I definitely don't want anything that will bother the trees) or if you have additions to recommend (as I mentioned, I'm mostly looking for edible guild plants, but not always, and nothing that will take over the yard), by all means, I'd appreciate feedback.

Apple tree guild:
Nasturtium
Garlic
chives/onion
strawberry
borage
yarrow
chamomile
basil
white clover
bee balm
comfrey (inedible)
daffodils (inedible and poisonous)

Pear tree guild:
chamomile
Nasturitum
borage
comfrey (inedible)
daffodils (inedible and poisonous)

Plum tree guild:
garlic
chives/onion
nasturtium
strawberry
chamomile
comfrey (inedible)

Peach tree guild:
garlic
chives
onion
strawberry
yarrow
comfrey (inedible)
1 year ago