I recently had a couple of hedges lining my driveway removed and I'm thinking
of planting a dwarf apple and a dwarf avocado tree. Anyone in the Southern
Calif. area have much success with either of these trees? I'm wondering how
long it would take for the trees to fruit & would I need to plant more than one
for them to fruit?
Generally, most varieties of apples will need a pollinator, which could be
a flowering crab apple in your neighbors yard. It is crucial that the blossom
of any such trees are close enough together, so that insects can carry the pollen
from one tree to another. Even with the 'self fruitful' apple varieties, you
a much better crop, if there is a good pollinator nearby.
Also, a dwarf apple tree, planted from a 2-3 foot whip, should take about 5
before you get a decent crop. It might produce a handful of apples sooner, but
is better to prune those off early to encourage better root and tree development.
I can't speak about avocado trees, as we don't grow them here in the Midwest,
but my remarks about apple trees should hold for your area, as well.
Here's the info on the avocado.
You don't say what type of apple, but I'm thinking you mean a cra
apple. Here's a site that might be helpful about edible apples.
If you are thinking of a crab apple, there is Malus angustifolia
southern crab apple; Malus coronaria - Alabama crab apple (aka swee
crab apple); Malus fusca - Oregon crab apple and Malus sylvestris
common apple or wild apple. You could do a google search on thes
using the botanical names to see how they will grow in your hardines
zone. You could also look here.
If you aren't sure of your hardiness zone look here.
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