Dwarf Trees. Dwarf Fruit???

rambleJuly 20, 2013

Do dwarf trees have smaller size fruit? I have dwarf plum trees. The fruit is sweet and tasty but small.

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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Did you thin the fruit? Dwarf fruit trees refer to the size of the tree not the size of the fruit.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 10:55PM
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Do thin to 6 inches. Doesn't seem to matter as fruits 6 inches apart no bigger than those that I didn't get to thin, which are in a cluster of 3 or 4.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 10:57PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Generally the rootstock does not greatly affect the fruit size. It can make a small difference. Some growers don't like using OhxF333 pear rootstock for some pear varieties due to smaller fruit. It was never a big enough difference for me to notice. Most commercial apple orchards planted today are on dwarf stock; given the importance of large fruit in the market I'm sure those stocks don't make the fruit any smaller, otherwise they would not be used.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 5:19PM
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Small fruit can be due to many reasons. Lack of water in spring, or the season before, too much water in the spring, incomplete pollination (iir this i the most common) due to lack of good pollinators.......

Do you know what kind of plum they are? It could just be as simple as needing a pollinator and some light thinning of the fruits

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 8:11AM
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The variety could be the key. Some are smaller than others.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 1:12PM
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