For some it is drugs, for some freaky monkey love…my thrills come from experimenting with growing different plants. My new obsession is growing fruit. Over the last four years I have added espaliered apple trees, a berry patch and a grape trellis.
Recently I was traveling for work and reading a book on homesteading on the plane. I read in the book of something called a fruit salad tree, a tree that grows different kinds of fruits on one tree!!! I was hooked so I did some research and found out that it is a real thing and comes in a couple of varieties, one for Citrus and once for stone fruits. I will be adding some kind of citrus at some point depending on the conditions in my house, but I knew I could grow a stone fruit tree in some capacity.
While I was excited, I soon became disappointed because this tree is not completely hardy in my zone. The stone fruit tree is hardy to zone 7 whereas I fall somewhere between zones 5 and 6, mostly 6 but still it would be a stretch to grow something designed for zone 7.
But since I am a rebel, I decided to try and grow this type of tree in a pot. One, it would keep the growth in check, two, I could bring the tree inside in the deepest part of winter and see how it would do.
I could not be dissuaded so I ordered one! I ordered from an amazon retailer called Martha’s Secret. When it arrived, I could have sworn it was Italian since it said FRAGILE on the package J Once I got the tree unpacked I placed the bare root seedling in a bucket of water for an hour to rehydrate the roots.
Next I filled a large 12 gallon pot halfway with soil, spread the roots of the tree out, backfilled with soil and gave it a good drink. I added a bamboo post to provide support as the tree (hopefully) grows and flourishes. I will keep the pot on the sun porch for another week or so to let the roots acclimate and then I will move it out to the yard for the spring, summer and fall! Let’s hope I am harvesting peaches, plums, nectarines in a year or so!