Fruit Cocktail Tree

Facts about the Fruit Cocktail Tree

The fruit cocktail tree is a unique tree that allows you to pick three or four different fruits from it.  Many varieties of the fruit cocktail tree will grow nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, and more.  Some also grow lemons and oranges.  This type of tree is perfect for the fruit lover who simply doesn’t have room for trees that bear every kind of fruit.  The fruit cocktail tree allows you to grow more than one kind of fruit without having more than one kind of tree.

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the fruit cocktail tree really does exist.  It’s usually a special order from your local nursery, although not all nurseries will even have access to fruit cocktail trees.  So how do fruit cocktail trees work?  The kinds of fruit they bear will always be from the same family.  For example, citrus trees can bear a variety of citrus fruits if the tree is bred a certain way.  Growers breed fruit cocktail trees by grafting in the branches of other trees.  This is done by grafting the branches of other fruit trees into one tree. 

Grafting involves inserting the stem with leaf buds from one tree into another.  It’s often used to make trees stronger, in addition to creating a fruit cocktail tree.  Grafting can also be used to make one variety of trees a little hardier by grafting in branches from another tree. 

One of the most important things to remember when you’re tending a fruit cocktail tree is that you’ve got to trim it.  As soon as you plant your new tree, cut the main trunk so it’s just an inch or so higher than the highest branch.  Also cut off any branches that are too low to the ground.  You want the lowest branches to be at least two feet from the ground.

It’s also important to note which one of the fruits you’re growing on that tree is the dominant one.  This way you can trim those branches back more often to keep the balance of your tree intact.  Always use sharp pruning sheers and make a clean cut.  Clear out any extra branches that appear to be crowing each other, specifically targeting the branches that bear the dominant fruit.  If you allow the dominant fruit to take the tree back over, then you’ll lose the novelty of your fruit cocktail tree because that dominant fruit will kill all the other fruits on that tree.

You also may want to control the height of your tree.  If you’ve got a really tall ladder that will allow you to reach very high branches, then this might not be as big of a deal for you.  However, you can trim the height of the tree each year to keep it within seven feet.  This is usually a good height for the average fruit tree grower.  Of course you also need to cut off any branches that look sick or die.



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