Too frugal fruit trees?


I’m not sure if I made a mistake. I may have P.P.D (post-purchase depression).

You see I bought some trees off an Australian ebay seller.

… and rumour has it there are plant sellers (online and at the markets) out there who are selling plants which will never fruit.

On the weekend, we repotted up all of these new plants: Brazilian cherry, carambola, carob, cherry guava, coffee, grumichama, lychee, macadamia nut, mangosteen, sapodilla, sapote (white and yellow), star apple, soursop, and wampi.

They are barely larger than my hand at the moment, so it will be years before I’ll ever know if I’ve been had or not.

It only took me ten years to find out that the lemon tree I grew and nurtured from a seed will never fruit! I’ve since learnt that most citrus trees do not grow true to type from seed – they do best from a cutting or grafted pot plant.

Although, in many ways, I don’t mind so much. I bought 15 plants for $100 – which is a total bargain. Even if some of these trees don’t fruit, they will still play a role in reducing carbon and providing habitat in our backyard. I won’t purchase all of my fruit trees this way, but it’s an ideal way to fill in the gaps and create diversity.

I hope they like their new home, and it will be a fruitful exercise!

An aside – my raspberry canes are fruiting. They are divine.

Have you ever regretted purchasing a plant?

3 thoughts on “Too frugal fruit trees?”

  1. At least you can keep your lemon tree for root stock. Find a lemon tree you like the fruit on and take some cuttings. Graft it onto your non fruiting lemon and ta-da! A fruiting tree. If you have limited space graft a few different citrus cuttings onto it if it’s big enough.

  2. Up to the 1970’s most New Zealand backyards had at least one apple tree supplying the family with apples for a couple of months of the year. These trees often had a tyre swing and ladders where required to pick the fruit.

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