Ask a Question forum: Dwarf vs full-sized fruit trees

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Name: Trudy
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 9b)
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Trudyibb
Nov 23, 2017 10:17 AM CST
I am getting ready to start planning fruit trees (several varieties) at my new house. Should I plant dwarf trees or full-sized trees. I will prune any tree to keep it manageable. I have heard that dwarf sized might not be as healthy.
Thanks!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 23, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Dwarf die much quicker.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Nov 23, 2017 12:47 PM CST
That has been my experience too. I planted several types of citrus about 15 - 20 years ago. The normal trees are all thriving, the dwarfs are gone.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 23, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Dwarf peaches die at about 6 years of age while standards die at 15 or so.

If you are planting peaches, plums, nectarines... maximize your crop by planting two trees per growing hole. The trees will grow to form the shape of just one tree and fill the space of one tree but you will have two types of fruit.

As peaches, etc., are not long lived trees, stagger your plantings. Plant a quarter of your trees this year, another quarter next year and so on. In 15 years when the trees start to fail, replant in the order you planted in the first place. You will never be without producing trees that way.

Also, make sure the trees you plant in pairs are about the same size at maturity.
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