A range of dwarf fruit trees are now available. These can be used to make a mini orchard.
We showed a dwarf citrus but other dwarf fruit trees available are:
These may not all be available all year due to seasonal changes.
- Kaffir lime
- Tahitian Lime
- Apple trees
Dwarf fruit trees are available from:Daley’s Fruit Tree Nursery; phone (02) 6632 1441, or visit www.daleysfruit.com.au Kendall Farms; phone (07) 4779 1189, or visit www.kendallfarms.com.au Dwarf citrus are readily available from most good nurseries.
The good news with the mini and dwarf fruit trees is that you treat them much the same as their bigger siblings. These little dynamos are not small, delicate plants that need molly-coddling. They’re just normal fruit trees, only smaller.
If you’re growing them in garden beds, give them the same conditions as their siblings. In most cases this means plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil, plus generous servings of fertiliser, and a well-mulched soil along with good supplies of water.
Dwarf citrus, like full-sized citrus, don’t like competition around their root zone, so don’t let lawn grow there, or for that matter any other plants. Let these plants have their spot to themselves and they will have fewer problems. Give them plenty of water, plus a generous feed in both late winter and late summer.
Where possible talk to the specialist grower about each plant’s individual needs. For example, when we spoke to Daley’s Fruit Tree Nursery about their dwarf black mulberry, we were told that these small deciduous trees (reaching 2-4m tall) will crop much better if regularly pruned after each harvest. This regular pruning would effectively keep the plants closer to the 2m size most of the time.