Cheapest way to buy fruit trees
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Cheapest way to buy fruit trees
What's the most cost effective way to get fruit trees in Australia? I'm looking at buying some from a local nursery (or buying one online and shipping it to me) but I'm wondering if there's any benefit to buying a tree already growing outside (it's listed as a grafted apple).
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I bought an apple tree that way.
It was a tree that was grafted on a dwarfing rootstock.
I paid a lot of money, more than what I paid for the graft.
I bought it in the spring before I had a chance to buy the apple tree seedlings.
If you have a local nursery or growers market, you may find some grafted trees or even rootstocks that you can buy and be assured that you are buying a tree that has not been grafted. You would just have to check that the rootstock will produce the apple you are looking for.
If you buy the tree from a grower that specializes in a limited range of trees, you would know what to expect. For example I bought an apple tree from the same grower as the grafted tree. He only grows grafted trees.
That is just my opinion.
When I bought my first apple tree, I searched a little and bought the one that was cheapest. But I never noticed anything different. So the grafted tree would be cheaper and the cheaper one would be better.
However, buying the tree in the spring was when you have a lot of options (when the apple seedlings are cheapest).
Another benefit of buying the grafted tree is that you may get to know a lot of trees that are from that seedling (it doesn't have to be the one you bought).
I'd suggest to check what others say before you start buying grafted trees. Because I'm also a gardener, I might have missed some info.
I am in the northern US and I have been buying apple trees for 30 years or more. I would avoid buying a grafted tree as they are very expensive, and you have to have the tree trained and pruned and that is costly. Also, the grafted tree is never as good as a wild stock of trees. Also, if you like eating apples, then you want to get an apple from a wild stock that was grown by a gardener, if you do not like apples, then you should buy grafted trees. Personally I eat only wild stock, but I enjoy it.
I would like to share some of the things I did with my apple trees and what I think works. My experience is limited to small fruit trees. We have no apple orchards, but we do have several varieties of apple trees, ranging from the dwarf trees to the dwarf apple tree.
I think that the main thing for me is to keep the trees healthy. Some people keep bees and some do not, and they all seem to do fine. I do not spray pesticides on the trees. I do water the trees when the ground is frozen to the point that I can break through the ice with my foot, and then I will turn the hose on the roots. I apply potassium to the tree if I think it needs it. I do fertilize the trees from time to time. And most important to me, I maintain the tree. I spend about an hour per year with the tree pruning it back and removing old, dead branches. We also have been known to use string trimmers on the trees.
After I have done all of this and the tree is healthy, the tree starts to produce fruit. To me, apple trees are about one thing - to produce apples. I do not look at a tree and think "oh wow, it has apples." I have been breeding my trees and am going to try to produce a tree with a fruit with a higher quality. My husband will be the judge of that.
Our trees produce apples starting in late September, but that time is just a bit later than most trees. The other year that I did not make any mention of the trees because it was a bad year. I did not get a lot of apples, and I thought the trees were too big. When they went into their second year, and I had one, I did not think that it was a good year for apples. But that turned out to be a great year. I really had a hard time making apples, and the trees that I did have produced very, very good apples.
When the apples are ready to pick, we take them and put them into paper bags. Then we bring them in and put them in the refrigerator. We eat some and freeze some.
I have friends that do the same things and we all do the same thing. We just go through the same process. Everyone has a different way of doing things, and everybody has a different way of doing things. Some like to use a little oil in their hands, and others don't. That is just like a tree. You may think that an apple tree is going to be one way, but after you have done some research, and you have done some planting, you will find out that it is not going to be like that at all. There are a lot of things that I have learned from my apple trees. And they have taught me. I don't have to do any research to know what my trees are going to produce. I don't have to read books to find out what kind of tree I have. I know because I have planted them and I know what they produce.
#### **_Cooking Apples_**
The apple is great for baking, roasting, and also adding a fruity flavor to desserts. Because of this, I love to bake with apples.
Here is a recipe that I found in an old magazine that I can remember having seen many years ago. It is called Apple Oat Cake. It is good to have around because it is so easy to make.
**Apple Oat Cake**
2 cups oats
1¼ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1¼ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup oil
½ cup water
1 apple, grated
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the oats, eggs, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and water. Mix well.
3. Add the grated apple and mix again.
4. Pour the batter in a well-greased, 10-inch cake pan.
5. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
This is really tasty. It is also easy to make. I like that this recipe says to bake the cake in a cake pan and not a 9-inch pan.
### **Growing Pears**
Pears are easy to grow, but they can produce fruit only in cool climates. They are a bit difficult to train. You will need a pear tree. I have two. They have