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Keeping Fruit Trees Small

February 25, 2015

As I ponder our eight foot apricot tree, I wish I had known about this technique when we planted it. Read this short piece from Sunset Magazine’s Westphoria blog.

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It’s bare-root planting time, and our January issue features the latest and greatest in hybrid deciduous stone fruits (peaches, plums, pluerries—that’s right—plum-cherry crosses). When Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery came to the Test Garden to help us plant a few trees of our own, he did something I’d never seen before—he chopped each baby tree right after planting it. I mean HACKED each one down to about knee height. I winced. I gasped. I thought he was out of his mind. Read more
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Photo credits: Grow A Little Fruit Tree used with permission by Sunset Magazine.

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