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  • From: kerry maser <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 13:12:46 -0500 (EST)

waayupnorth <> wrote:
I've heard that in Morden, Manitoba there was a fellow who trained a peach tree so its branches were close to the ground, so that he could cover the entire tree with raked leaves for winter protection; and that he would share his peach crop with folks at the Morden Experiment Station.

And I've read quite a while ago that in Siberia or in that general part of the world someone was growing apple trees in a similar fashion. Not sure if they covered the trees too or if they just let Mother Nature cover them with snow.

Does anyone have any further information about growing fruit trees close to the ground, to help with winter protection?

NW Minnesota
Jerry- The trees in Siberia were trained to a trellis system that allowed them to survive the winter. They were protected by snow or given winter protection. There were several people who have grown peaches in the Canadian Prairies using winter protection of some sort. With a little bit of innovative trellis design and a lot of winter protection they produced some fruit. Reliance and some of the Vineland or Harrow
Varieties that ripen early and have high winter chill requirements ie
1000+ hr are worth trying. Peaches that can tolerate -25C or better seem to work the best. There were also some peach seedlings at
CRDC South in Brooks Alberta back in the 1950's that were brought back from the Korean war. They survived there, but the quality wasn't
very good. Unfortunately they don't exist anymore. I believe there were also some peach seedlings at Morden around the same time.
Hope this helps. Kim Maser Canadian Sources Consultant

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