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A fruit tree for the small garden


Do you think a small garden offers no leeway to plant an orchard and plant many different fruit trees? In this article we want to convince you of the opposite: finding a fruit tree for the small garden is not only possible but it also brings you a rich harvest and lots of fun.

A fruit tree for the small garden

When we think of fruit trees, we often have large and magnificent trees with a powerful and spreading crown in mind. Thanks to decades of breeding, however, there are also smaller fruit trees that grow narrow and slim, for example, columnar trees. Depending on the variety, these small fruit trees, also called dwarf fruit trees, can grow to a maximum of 3 m and usually require no pruning. Other benefits of these mini fruit trees are the slow growth, while still delivering a decent crop like their larger relatives. A small, space-saving fruit tree for the small garden is ideal for small garden spaces, but they are also suitable as potted plants on balconies and terraces.

Mini fruit trees for small gardens

There are different, small-growing breeds for many types of fruit. Columnar fruit trees grow narrow and compact and they must be planted on trellises that give them support. If you buy different types of fruit as columnar fruit trees, you can plant these close to each other and thus gain a large variety of fruits for your small garden. Such an orchard or better a fruit hedge can also serve as a privacy screen. Depending on the species, however, you should get informed about the individual space requirements that should be kept between the trees. The Lubera® team is happy to advise you.


Picture: Malini® Columnar Apple Trees - these slender trees can be perfectly planted in small gardens

Fruit trees in containers

In addition to the columnar breeds, fruit trees are also available as easy-to-grow miniatures. The small-sized fruit trees have a short trunk and a compact crown. These optically appealing species, like all mini fruit trees, can be planted in containers and are then ideally suited for a sunny spot on a terrace or balcony. Here you should pay particular attention to the size of the container. Small fruit trees are very durable and form roots for decades. Our tip: choose a container that is rather too big than too small, however too large is virtually impossible. As a guide, 30-litre containers are recommended. In containers, plants have no natural access to nutrients and water, so you should resort to applying fertiliser during the growth phase. When planting new fruit trees, the soil is also a deciding factor. Choose a nutrient-rich soil. We recommend Fertile Soil No. 1 from Lubera.

Small fruit trees in each variety

Fruit trees that are not that big are available in every type of fruit. No matter if apple, pear, nectarine, cherry or peach, you can pick any fruit tree for your little garden according to your desire. We at Lubera have bred some varieties ourselves in a miniature version. Some mini fruit trees such as apples, pears and cherries can be found directly in our garden shop. You can also find columnar trees in different varieties there. In addition to the tasty fruits, other advantages of these narrow, upwards-growing fruit trees are the pretty flowers in the spring.


Picture: Flowers of the Malini® columnar apple tree - even small things can make a difference

A special columnar apple tree variety is the variety Redini Cuckoo, for example. In the spring, the bright pink flowers bloom, then the red fruits form. They are not only red on the outside, but also have red flesh on the inside, which is quite surprising.


Picture: Redini® Cuckoo® - a columnar apple created from Redlove® and Malini®

The small fruit trees are just as robust and productive as their larger relatives. A successful fruit harvest from your own small garden is therefore definitely possible.


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