Do you live in suburbia, surrounded by chain link fences and neighborhood sprawl? Are you currently downsizing, or perhaps moving closer to the convenience of the city? These are some common reasons people never consider growing fruit trees. Patti Moreno (of Garden Girl TV and co-host for Growing A Greener World TV) has a very different take on the matter, as she blogs about compact, self-pollinating Stark® Custom Graft® 2-N-1 fruit trees – the perfect pick for small space growing!
Growing fruit in your own backyard is quite rewarding, but many of us can’t because we don’t have enough space for fruit trees. For homeowners with small backyards, it can be a challenge to plant fruit trees due to their spacing requirements.
The perfect solution? Plant 2-N-1 fruit trees for small spaces!
2-N-1 fruit trees are great choices for small-space gardeners — you only need one tree to grow several kinds of fruit. These trees are grafted to grow multiple varieties of the same fruit on one tree. Some fruits require more than one variety in order to cross-pollinate and produce fruit, making 2-N-1 fruit trees technically “self-pollinating”. In addition, many of these fruits may ripen at different times, allowing you to extend the harvest season. (See examples below.)
Don’t worry, 2-N-1 fruit trees are not genetically altered! Grafting is a simple process in which a live branch from one tree is cut and inserted into another tree. The woods merge naturally and soon the new branch grows with the nutrients from the primary tree. Grafting is actually the most common way to propagate strong, healthy, true-to-name fruit trees. The only difference in the case of 2-N-1 trees is that the grafted branches are not from the exact same variety of tree.
Caring for your multi-grafted fruit tree is similar to growing any fruit tree, but there are some things you will do differently.
Stark Bro’s is a leader in growing high quality multi-grafted fruit trees. They offer a variety of great Stark® Custom Graft® 2-N-1 fruit trees, such as:
Enjoying the Fruits of my Labor,
the Garden Girl