4 fruit trees in a hole (Zone 4)

kinniguy(4)January 20, 2014

Has anyone tried the Dave Wilson strategy of 4 fruit trees in a hole in colder zone (Zone 4)? I am in Minnesota and am considering trying 4 fruit trees in 1 hole for my smaller backyard.

Thanks for any insights anyone can provide.

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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)

Look up a recent thread named " MM111 rootstock and three trees in a hole" which was started on Jan 13.

It is on the next page of threads.

There is a good discussion on the subject.

Mike

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 10:59PM
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canadianplant

I never fully understood the method to his madness....

That many trees in one hole almost seems to force you to use a crazy amount of fert. I have seen something like this done using one tree and one support tree, which tends to fertilize with nitrogen (for instance a peach with a russian olive which can be pollarded then used as mulch)

I guess I see DW method the same as grafting half a tree to a certain kind. At least there would be less of a problem with nutrients. There could also be a problem with roots. Some fruit trees do what ever they can to keep roots away from eachother. Some could just mass together and could strangle eachother out (survival of the fittest remember)

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 10:58AM
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