Companion plants for top fruit

fife_gardenerFebruary 28, 2006

Apples,Pears,Plums and Cherries. I'm looking for edible and non-poisonous ornamental plants to underplant fruit trees on a bush rootstock. I like odd plants...odder the better. Any ideas. Ross.

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rain1950(W. WA z8)

NASTURTIUMS: Plant as a barrier around tomatoes, radishes, cabbage, cucumbers, and under fruit trees. Deters wooly aphids, whiteflies, squash bug, cucumber beetles and other pests of the curcurbit family. Great trap crop for aphids (in particular the black aphids) which it does attract, especially the yellow flowering varieties. Likes poor soil with low moisture and no fertilizer. It has been the practice of some fruit growers that planting nasturtiums every year in the root zone of fruit trees allow the trees to take up the pungent odor of the plants and repel bugs. It has no taste effect on the fruit. A nice variety to grow is Alaska which has attractive green and white variegated leaves. The leaves, flowers and seeds are all edible and wonderful in salads!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 9:53PM
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