[NAFEX] daffodils and fruit trees

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Wed Apr 12 08:28:09 EDT 2006


Well, bulb plants are suited to the production of myco fungi, so that  
would not hurt either.


On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 08:13:27 -0400, <list at ginda.us> wrote:

> On Apr 12, 2006, at 7:41 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
>> Are you talking about a mulched flower bed beneath a tree?
> Well, the area is already mulched, so there wouldn't be any added
> benefit to the tree from that.
> On Apr 12, 2006, at 7:57 AM, Matt Demmon wrote:
>> I have not actually done this, but from my observations and readings,
>> it seems like a good idea, actually. Bulbs are one of the things that
>> various permaculture people advise planting in an orchard, for the
>> precise reason that they do not compete with the trees, and assist in
>> keeping out things that do. Most bulbs are completely dormant by the
>> time the tree would be fruiting and under the highest heat and water
>> stress. It seems like in my area, you often see areas in peoples lawns
>> under trees where certain bulbs have naturalized around the trunk, and
>> the grass is unable to grow in that location. Also some bulbs would
>> provide nectar for early bees, feeding them before the fruit trees are
>> in bloom.
> Thanks.  Yes, they are completely dormant by the summer drought.  The
> possible competition would be in the spring, when the tree is putting
> out its initial growth for the year.  But you are right, they might
> discourage weeds and grass from growing in the spring, and those
> weeds compete with the tree much longer into the season.
> I think this fall when I divide my daffodils a few will be going
> under the tree.
> Thanks,
> Ginda
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