[nafex] Re: group plantings

Jojo and Helgi on Pender rocksandplants at gulfislands.com
Thu Nov 15 13:40:35 EST 2001

Hi Robert

I've seen this done and it was a disaster but only because the gardener did
not keep up with routine maintenance. ie: they were never pruned. I
inspected the trees 5 years into their life there (I was sent by the selling
nursery to replace the trees and/or advise the family on caring for them).
They were a bartlett, a niijiseiki and chojuro pear, all very vigorous, and
even fruiting well, but very diseased.

All this said, the plants did not suffer from lack of moisture or nutrient.
The problem was how crowded the branches were. I pruned out the bartlett
completely since they didn't like it, and there was one in the garden next
door providing lots of pollen. The bartlett was actually the main problem.
It was just way too vigorous (kind of like my own). The two remaining trees
are doing very well now.

Jojo - Pender Island BC Zone 8. Now it's raining.

Robert H. wrote...
I am curious about what people think about a group plantings of fruit trees.
I have seen some website speak of plant 2-4 trees in one hole for people
who have limited space.  I have even been told by nurseries that I could
plant a small tree and it pollenator in one hole.

Would that put to much stress on both trees for food and water?

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