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Plant a Fruit Salad: Four Different Fruits Growing on the Same Tree

Grow a fruit salad tree with four different fruits on one tree - no kidding


I have always been obsessed with a fruit salad tree -- a multi-grafted tree that produces four or more different fruits on one tree trunk. The thought always fascinated me and the hybrid tree would make an interesting subject for my garden. First and foremost, I will not need an orchard to produce peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots and worry about what to do with the bushels of fruits. A multi-grafted fruit salad tree is ideal for limited garden space and takes up a fraction of the area. It is also self-pollinating because the flowers bloom at the same time. Imagine the thrill of picking four different fruits off the same tree.

Follow me in my latest adventure in my Spring garden with the introduction of my fruit salad tree.

All photos were taken by Bakerwoman (that's me)

So what really is a fruit salad tree? - It is a multi-grafted tree of several fruits from the same family on one tree

A multi-grafted apple tree can have Anna, Dorsett golden, Fuji, and Gordon on the same tree because these belong to the same family of apples. You can have a 3-in-1 cherry tree, 5-in-1 citrus tree with lemons and key limes, tangelos, pomelos, mandarin oranges or 4-in-1 plum tree with four varieties of plums. But you cannot expect to find a combination of lemon, apple and cherry grafted on the same trunk because these do not belong to the same family of fruits.

I chose a 4-in-1 stonefruit fruit salad tree for my garden. Babcock white peach, Late Santa Rosa plums, Blenheim apricot, and Fantasia nectarines --these colorful labels with pictures of the four stonefruits reassured me that one day soon I will be harvesting these juicy fruits from this tree in one-quarter of the space. The multi-grafted fruit tree is also self-pollinating, which means each type pollinate each other and prolong the harvest season.

Spring - Feb. 12, 2012 - The arrival of the 4-in-1 fruit salad tree

The fruit salad tree did not look like much when this was first planted in my garden. It was about 4 ft. tall with a bunch of leafless multi-grafted branches onto one rootstock. There were four labels with colorful pictures of a specific fruit attached to each branch.This was so I could tell which branch belonged to a certain stonefruit. The biodegradable pot it came in is supposed to fall apart and blend into the soil eventually. This was the ideal sunny location I chose for the stonefruit tree with ample room to grow and expand.

A month later - March 18, 2012 - Still twiggy with some signs of life

Much to my relief, the fruit salad tree is still alive and thriving. Leaves have sprouted from each of the multigrafted branches. Small pink flowers of the Babcock peach have emerged. The other branches did not have any blossoms. The invasive vinca minor groundcover with purplish-blue flowers has worked its way around the pot. Not much has happened in 2012.

There were 3 low-hanging apricots which quickly disappeared within days. I can only imagine who the suspects could be -- the resident raccoon or the rambunctious furry squirrel looking for nuts. The low-lying branch of the apricot close to the ground was then lopped off to keep the tree from becoming lop-sided. Since different fruit trees grow at varying rates, it is important to keep all the branches balanced by pruning them back so one type will not dominate another.

The large pictured labels have been removed and set aside and only the white plastic tags retained for quick identification of the different fruit branches. These are supposed to be removed after a year, but I loosened them up around the branches and decided to keep them longer to avoid confusion.

Apricots, nectarines, plums and peaches on a single trunk - Grow a fruit cocktail tree in your garden and amaze your neighbors

Create an interesting subject in your garden with a 4-in-1 fruit tree. Shipped almost full size, this rare hybrid tree will grow to 10-15 feet and astound your friends and neighbors. It is a space saver for small gardens taking a one-quarter of the space and can be grown in a pot or in the ground. Better still, give one as a gift to Mom on Mother's Day or birthdays. It will be a gift that will keep on giving. Every time your friends or love ones take a bite out a fruit, they will think about you.

Springtime of 2013 - a year later

The fruit salad tree showed more promise with an explosion of beautiful blossoms in the garden. Although these were short-lived, it was a sign of good things to come.

Prunus armeniaca 'Blenheim' apricot flowers - Display of whites with hints of reds

Fantasia nectarine 'Prunus persica nucipersica' flowers - Like the blush of babies' pink cheeks

Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa' plum flowers - Showy fragrant white flowers in Spring

Prunus persica Babcock peach flowers - Beautiful haze of five-petaled blooms

May 2013 - The fruit salad tree came to life - Plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines

The tallest branch of the Bleinheim apricot has reached 6 ft in height above the crown by now. The April showers and my weekly deep watering certainly helped keep this tree healthy and happy. To keep the moisture from evaporating, I applied the unused feline pine pellets over the top of the pot to serve as mulch. Squirrels supposedly detest the pungent smell of pine, so the pine pellets should them from stealing the fruits before these are ripe.

If you stare closely at the photo, you will notice the still green Santa Rosa plums on the left upper branches and Bleinheim apricots on the right upper branches. The two lower branches have the Babcock peach and nectarines.

Let's take a closeup look

Santa Rosa plums - Prolific grower of the bunch

Santa Rosa plums has the signature purplish crimson skin with light freckling when ripe. Harvest time is around late June. Make plum and muscat gelato or plum oatmeal madeira cake.

Babcock white peach - The signature fuzzy outer skin

Babcock peach is a freestone peach and has a snow-white flesh which will easily fall away from the pit when eaten. The peach is sweet when just picked from the tree and non-acidic.These will be ripe for picking around July 7-July 20. Think peach cobbler.

Blenheim (Royal) apricots - Only 17 calories each

Blenheim Royal apricots have been grown in the Santa Clara Valley region of California since the 1900s. Its name traces its roots to the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris and the Bleinheim Palace in England. It is a good choice for a mild climate and has a fragrant aroma and is sweet and tart.

Blenheim apricots ripen from the inside out and take longer to mature than other apricots. These soon-to-be pale-orange apricots are ready for fresh eating around late June. These are great dried or canned, as savory stuffing for duck and pork. Fruit tarts, anyone?

Apricots are high in beta carotene and lycopene, Vitamins A and C. Great for your waistline too with only 17 calories each.

Blenheim Apricots: How to Choose, Store, and Prepare

Fantasia nectarine - Late bloomer of the stonefruit quartet

So far, this is the only nectarine that made its debut on the lower branch. It is the late bloomer of the stonefruit quartet. Harvest time will be around late July/early August to the first half of September.

Here's a quick and easy salad recipe for the hot summer days--

Toss sliced fresh nectarine, chopped green onions, fresh mushrooms, fresh dill, dash of salt and pepper, vinegar dressing and serve in lettuce cups.

Come back soon for more updates on the fruit salad tree

Since ripening times are staggered for the peach, apricot, plums and nectarines, I will be posting more pictures as the time comes. Do stop by to see the ripened fruits of this rare hybrid multi-grafted tree.

Safeguarding the unripe fruits until harvest time - Protecting my prized possession - May 9, 2013

To protect the unripe fruits from being poached by predators, I cut strips of aluminum foil and hung them on the branches with Christmas decoration hooks. This may deter the birds who are frightened by the shiny aluminum strips fluttering in the wind, but will this keep the hungry squirrels out? This will remain to be seen.

Fruit salad tree is ablush with rosy cheeks - June 15, 2013 - The waiting game

Here is a progress report on the stonefruit fruit salad tree. The strips of aluminum foil have succeeded in thwarting the birds from pecking the fruits. Half a bag of feline pine donated by my late cat which I used as mulch for the tree kept the squirrels at bay due to its pungent pine odor. A bamboo stake has been added to support one of the Santa Rosa plum branches which appeared to need help. Babcock white peaches have lost their fuzzy skin and have grown bigger with a rosy tinge. The Blenheim Royal apricots are enjoying a heyday of blushing beauties and will most likely be ready for harvesting at the end of June.

Can you identify the different stonefruits on the fruit salad tree from the picture?

Santa Rosa plums are beginning to turn purple - Lost a bunch

This prolific bunch of Santa Rosa plums paid the price of losing 10 plums when one of the branches broke from being weighed down. In a workplace, this would be like reducing the headcount. Even after I added a bamboo stake to support the partly broken branch and taped it with duct tape, Mother Nature decided to downsize our fruit salad tree.

Santa Rosa Plums are ready to harvest late in July. By this time the skin would have tuned purple, gives a bit, and pulls away from the branch with a slight twist. Plums should be picked with the stem attached to them.

Blenheim 'Royal' Apricot - best tasting apricot in California - Short shelf-life but worth the wait

These Blenheim Royal apricots have turned yellowish-orange but still firm to the touch and will likely be ready for picking last week of June to first week of July. These delicate fruit has a high sugar content and make excellent dried fruits.

Today, Royal Blenheim orchards are fewer in Northern California due to the cheaper dried apricots from Turkey which are one-quarter of the cost. This is all the more a good reason for me to wait for this short-lived heirloom apricot to ripen and be enjoyed.

Accounting for the stonefruits

With a tiny multi-grafted stonefruit tree, it is so easy for me to keep track of the number of fruits.

One of the five Babcock white peaches

One of the five Babcock white peaches
One of the five Babcock white peaches

Lost the one and only nectarine

There have been no new growths of nectarine after the one-and-only nectarine fell off.

What a difference a week makes - Stonefruit fruit salad tree - June 22, 2013

The summery warm weather has been kind to the stonefruit fruit salad tree as the apricots, plums and peach continue to get bigger and turn color. To the left of the tree are the Blenheim apricots, the Santa Rosa plums take center stage, and Babcock white peach can be seen peeking out on the right.There are no nectarines this time after the sole fruit fell off. Maybe next year.

The bamboo stake was added to support a branch of 10 plums but to no avail. The branch broke anyway due to gusty wind. So far the fruit salad tree is performing well and I am most pleased.

Blenheim apricots should be ready for fresh eating in a few more days.

June 23, 2013 - First four apricots to ripen on kitchen counter for a couple of days

June 23, 2013 - First four apricots to ripen on kitchen counter for a couple of days
June 23, 2013 - First four apricots to ripen on kitchen counter for a couple of days

Santa Rosa plums showing their true color

Santa Rosa plums showing their true color
Santa Rosa plums showing their true color

June 30, 2013 - First harvest of Blenheim apricots and Santa Rosa plums

The weather has been scorching hot which hastened the ripening of the apricots and plums. These are not your supermarker-sized fruits but look more like miniatures.

June 30, 2013 - Ripe Blenheim apricots and Santa Rosa plums - The hot weather helped hasten the ripening

It looks like the stonefruit fruit salad did not disappoint and delivered some fruits.The Blenheim apricots were jammy sweet and juicy even if these were the size of golf balls.There more of the apricots in the fruit salad tree than Santa Rosa plums . I was only able to pick the plums that readily came off with a slight twist. Babcock peach still has a ways to go.

The good news is that I did not lose any of the fruits to birds, squirrels or raccoons. What a blessing.

Babcock white peach has grown larger with a redder skin and may have to wait a few more weeks.

Babcock white peach has grown larger with a redder skin and may have to wait a few more weeks.
Babcock white peach has grown larger with a redder skin and may have to wait a few more weeks.

July 4th harvest - First Babcock white peach ripened

This is a cereal bowl full of Blenheim apricots, Santa Rosa plums and the first Babcock white peach which finally ripened. All the apricots have been harvested from the tree except for a handful of plums which needed more of the hot weather to ripen. It is also the 4th of July and this may be the reason why most of the fruits are declaring their independence from the tree.

The Babcock peach stands out among the rest being the largest fruit and happens to be one of the five fruits in the stonefruit fruit salad tree. There were no nectarines time. Maybe next year.

We have been so blessed to watch the stonefruit fruit salad tree come to fruition bringing us sweet juicy fruits to our table.

Take this quick poll as your opinions counts

Have you ever heard of a fruit salad tree?

  • No, this is the first time I have ever heard of it.
  • Yes, I have read about it.
  • Yes, I own one.
  • No, but I am tempted to buy one now.
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How to graft a fruit tree with a variety of fruits - Watch how it is done

Indispensable books on budding,grafting and multi-grafting fruit trees

Grafting and Budding: A Practical Guide for Fruit and Nut Plants and Ornamentals (Landlinks Press)
Grafting and Budding: A Practical Guide for Fruit and Nut Plants and Ornamentals (Landlinks Press)

This book shows you step-by-step instructions on how to graft and bud fruit trees which is now the preferred commercial way of propagation. Introduces the reader to the tools-of-the-trade for budding, grafting and multi-grafting.

 

Do you think you will be interested in a fruit salad tree? - Thank you for stopping by. 174 comments

MakeHairBows 3 years ago

Wow... Amazing, I am so happy you shared this lovely fruit salad tree, thank you.


anonymous 3 years ago

So cool! I've never heard of a tree like this. Thanks for sharing!


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Splodgered 3 years ago

wow are they for real. Great photos by the way


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Splodgered: @Splodgered, the multi-grafted fruit salad tree is for real. I just hung strips of aluminum foil on the branches to keep the squirrel away. Thanks for the compliment.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: @Loveforlivinglife, the concept of grafting is old but the tree is new. Thanks for visiting.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@MakeHairBows: @MakHairBows, I am glad you enjoyed reading about my first fruit salad tree. You're welcome.


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aka-rms 3 years ago from USA

Oh, I'd love one of these in my yard.


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LiteraryMind 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

This sounds like a fun tree to plant and grow.


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WriterJanis2 3 years ago

I would really like to do this. Pinned.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@aka-rms: Bonnie, this would make a perfect Mother's Day present. A unique living gift that keeps giving.


pawpaw911 3 years ago

I might have to give this one a try. My father many years ago grafted several different types of apples on the same tree, but I don't think he ever tried a fruit salad tree. Great idea.


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SusanDeppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

Yes! We need to plant some trees, so why not choose a fun one that we can (well, maybe) feast from someday? Love this! Can't wait to see more of the story as the tree and its crop grow and grow!


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OneSavvyMama 3 years ago

This is awesome, and what beautiful photos! Great idea for people living in the city or small spaces.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@OneSavvyMama: Thanks OneSavvyMama. It is indeed an ingenious space saver.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@SusanDeppner: Susan52, I wait with bated breath to see the ready-to-eat fruits. Thanks for stopping by.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@pawpaw911: Paypaw911, this sounds like a fabulous gift for Father's Day for yourself. Give it a try.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@WriterJanis2: WriterJanis, thanks for pinning this. I appreciate your visit.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@LiteraryMind: LiteraryMind, it is a fun tree to grow. It is a tree that keeps giving.


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Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

I LOVE fruits, so I would be SUPER excited about having my own fruit salad tree. This is a SUPERB lena and lens topic, bakerwoman!


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Heidi Vincent: Like you name suggest FreshStart7, it may be time to grow your own fruit salad tree.


genusvenus 3 years ago

Sure...It is great...I didn't know it and it's fantastic...Thanks for delivering great ideas...


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Scarlettohairy 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

Wow, I had never heard of this cool multi-fruit tree! Fun! I love your photos!


anonymous 3 years ago

grafting trees is a work of patience, you did a good job here. congrats on the LOTD and Purple star


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Rosetta Slone 3 years ago from Under a coconut tree

My husband is a farmer and has told me about this technique many times but I admit I didn't really pay attention. I think I will remember now, though as your lovely pictures made me look.

I wonder if I can grow a mango tree with different varieties of mangoes?


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Corrinna-Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

I have never heard of these before! You took beautiful photos and the fruit looks delicious.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Rosetta Slone: @Pitaya, I don't see why you cannot grow a multi-grafted mango tree with different varieties as these belong to the same family. Try it and let us know the results.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Scarlettohairy: Thanks @scarlettohairy. It is the coolest tree in my garden right now. I'm thrilled.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks for the kudos, cococute.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Corrinna-Johnson: Thanks for the nice compliment CorrinnaJohnson. I take a lot of pictures and delete the bad ones.


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lgOlson 3 years ago from Northern Arizona

All I can say is "Wow! I want one!" Very cool seeing you plant and grow this fruit tree! Wonderful article and a well deserved LOD!


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VineetBhandari 3 years ago

wow, i thought it can only happen in flowers (roses). thanks for sharing :)


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@lgOlson: Thanks SophieOlson. You should look into it. I cannot wait for the first harvest.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@VineetBhandari: @VineetBhandari, farmers are getting creative and have been experimenting multi-grafting fruit trees for 20 years.


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Therestlesssoul 3 years ago

Wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing.


LUMOSE 3 years ago

Great, four in one. Too bad, I don't have a garden.


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Gaby81 3 years ago

Great lens. I have for the first time see a tree with different fruits. It`s amazing. Hope this not damage the natural course of the nature in the future.


LadyDuck 3 years ago

Your lens is beautiful, I learned about unusual fruits that I never saw before. I love the photos you posted. Congratulations on your LOTD


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aesta1 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a tree you have chosen and they all bore fruits, too. I had several trees before in my backyard but I only saw the peach fruits which the squirrels ate and only left me two.


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aesta1 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a tree you have chosen and they all bore fruits, too. I had several trees before in my backyard but I only saw the peach fruits which the squirrels ate and only left me two.


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aesta1 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a tree you have chosen and they all bore fruits, too. I had several trees before in my backyard but I only saw the peach fruits which the squirrels ate and only left me two.


anonymous 3 years ago

Very informative lens. Thanks allot for sharing this & congratulations for the LOTD!


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Two Crafty Paws 3 years ago

All I have to say is... Wow! I am so planting this on my garden.


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PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

I may be a bit of a fruit cake (just ask my wife) but this looks like a great idea. We are looking into planting some berry bushes and this would be another great addition. Thanks. Also congrats on the LOTD.


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rattie lm 3 years ago

It's a terrific idea. I have an apricot and necatrine tree. No fruit though!


Faithlife 3 years ago

Yes! I Love fruit!


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Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

I have a small garden so this is a great idea, at the moment I have fruit trees in pots, and they do vary on how successful they are each year, so four in one should guarantee at least one or two fruits doing well each year.


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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

Very interesting, I was surprised that you had so much fruit so soon. It seems like a great tree to plant in a small yard.


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KathyMcGraw2 3 years ago from California

I just love this idea. I am wondering if you can have a potted version? Bet you could.. I do want one of these fruit salad trees.


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inutzza21 3 years ago

Oh my God, this is amazing. I've never heard of such trees. It's interesting to see different varieties of blossoms on the same tree. It is indeed a fruit salad tree. Gorgeous lens, well done.


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Jogalog 3 years ago

I think this is a fantastic idea. I never knew it was possible. Congras on LOTD!


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anne mohanraj 3 years ago

This is a great lens! Thank you for sharing!


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Ash2013 3 years ago

My granddad used to graft trees with great success! I wish I had learned this skill from him while he was with us...


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linfcor 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

I recently planted a multi citrus tree on our patio in a planter. It has lemons, limes and oranges. Looking forward to watching it's progress. Congrats on your LOD-this is a well written lens


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SusanDeppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

Back to say Congratulations! on your well-deserved Garden Club win and Lens of the Day!


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ReginaHurley 3 years ago from Cedartown, Ga

Beautiful lens! I think that a Fruit Salad Tree would be a wonderful addition to my small backyard which doubles as my garden. Thanks love the lens.


ChristyZ 3 years ago

Very unique article and your photos are beautiful. Congratulations on lens of the day!


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chi kung 3 years ago

I haven't heard about it so far but I think it's an excellent idea!


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chi kung 3 years ago

I haven't heard about it so far but I think it's an excellent idea!


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Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

Never heard of this. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on LotD!


CompetitiveWriter 3 years ago

Cool. i just planted my first tree this arbor day. You have given me inspiration for my next one.


storytimesam 3 years ago

Thanks for the info. You convinced me to try growing one. Great Lens.


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pericaluic 3 years ago

very nice


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pericaluic 3 years ago

very nice


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Snowsprite 3 years ago from Cornwall, UK

This is a great idea and would save space and add variety in a tiny garden.


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zee-macmillan 3 years ago

Absolutely! Must try this...


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zee-macmillan 3 years ago

Absolutely! Must try this...


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Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

I heard about combination trees in South Texas with lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit on the same tree. Marvelous concept.


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Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

I heard about combination trees in South Texas with lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit on the same tree. Marvelous concept.


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Dressage Husband 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

I am quite impressed I had dwarf stock apple trees in England, but had 3 trees of different varieties to achieve pollination. This hybrid of 4 fruits would have been very interesting to me. I now live in Nova Scotia so these fruits would probably not grow here, however I would love to try.


anonymous 3 years ago

I want one of these fruit trees!


RinchenChodron 3 years ago

I live in a condo and cannot plant trees but if I could this would be a great choice. Loved seeing your photos - congrats on your LOTD.


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Klaartje Loose 3 years ago

I would love to have that tree in my garden! I love stonefruits...


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tricomanagement 3 years ago

This is great - knew about the citrus but not about the other grafted trees. We will have to find a spot for some! Congratulations on the LOTD


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techmom 3 years ago

I'd love to try this!


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suepogson 3 years ago

What an amazing idea - I knew nothing about this before. Thank you for sharing this with us and congratulations on winning the competition. Well done!


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CraftyStaci 3 years ago

Wow...I didn't even know these existed! I'd love a multi-fruit tree. Thanks for the info!


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IMKZRNU2 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Gratz on all your wins. It isn't too hard to do this yourself. I personally have never attempted it but may have to give it a try now. I watched a demonstration of how to do it when I was a Master Gardener. Very nice, informative lens!


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francescajohnston 3 years ago

Wow! What a great idea! And those flowers are so beautiful! Awesome Lens, and grats on Lens of the Day!


elizabethcurcio 3 years ago

Love your lens! I hope to find room for one of these!


elizabethcurcio 3 years ago

Love your lens! I hope to find room for one of these!


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favored 3 years ago from USA

I've wanted some of these trees for some time, but didn't see any good results until yours. I like the combination that is on your tree. Seems I'll have to give it another think over. Congratulations on LotD.


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Kailua-KonaGirl 3 years ago from New York

Fabulous photos! Congrats on being the 1st winner in the gardening club, Purple Star and LOTD. Well done!!


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Art Inspired 3 years ago

Congratulations on winning!


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Bluefaerie19 3 years ago

I had no idea this was possible, now of course I really want one! Thanks for sharing and congrats on LOTD!


anonymous 3 years ago

I just had to come back & say congratulations & so well deserved. A wonderful lens :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Congratulations on a great lens.


anonymous 3 years ago

Congratulations on a great lens.


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angel uriel87 3 years ago

Wow! This is the first time I heard about a fruit salad tree. Hmm.. No wonder you won the 1st ever gardening club quest.. This lens is awesome! :)


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angel uriel87 3 years ago

Wow! This is the first time I heard about a fruit salad tree. Hmm.. No wonder you won the 1st ever gardening club quest.. This lens is awesome! :)


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GardenerDon 3 years ago

Well deserved win. Great subject & great "crafting" putting it all together. So much better than my entry!


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ChrisLdn 3 years ago

I'd love to have the 5-in-1 citrus tree!


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Hairdresser007 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

This is amazing. I've heard of something like this with roses. Didn't know you could with fruits too!


anonymous 3 years ago

I had no idea about fruit salad trees. That's amazing, I's love to have one.

Congratulations on winning the contest, a Purple Star and all that good fun stuff. :)


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MEDerby 3 years ago

Great job, both on the tree and the lens. I live near the arctic, so it would not grow outdoors.Do you think I could grow it indoors?


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GregoryMoore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

Yes, looks like this would be a fun project.


anonymous 3 years ago

Very ingenious and convenient idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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rleightardif lm 3 years ago

Very nice lens. I've heard of grafting fruits but it's interesting to know which ones work together and why. That would be real neat to have four or five in one, especially in an area with limited space.


SteveKaye 3 years ago

Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. This is a wonderful idea that brings a variety of fruit to any yard. I'm sharing this lens with others. Wish you the best.


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LauraHofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

Interesting lens with lovely photos! I'd like to give this tree a try as we love fruit. We have indoor citrus trees (lens and website with same name)


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Katie Hazel 3 years ago

Wow, this lens was a year in the making! I am really impressed with it and want to make this for myself. I plan on sharing this on pinterest and bookmarking it for future use! thank you :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Now this just makes "plum" good sense. Love this lens.


StrongMay 3 years ago

Wow! Kind of weird, but cool. Congrats on the win!


ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! I really enjoyed the pictures!


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captainj88 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

This is so neat. I've read about grafting, but only two varieties. I've never seen more than that. This is fascinating. I don't have a yard of my own, but when I do, I WANT TWO of these!


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Diana Wenzel 3 years ago from Colorado

How wondrous to have such a magic tree. I find the whole grafting thing pretty miraculous. Congrats on your features and winning ways. Wishing you many delicious moments in the days and weeks to come.


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katiecolette 3 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! I have considered getting a fruit salad tree but decided to go with regular fruit trees instead. Growing persimmons, pears, peaches, apricots, figs, and cherries. Hoping to collect first crop this year :)


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writerkath 3 years ago

Congratulations on this wonderful Lens of the Day, and for winning the Gardening Club challenge! This is incredibly unique - and I had never, ever heard of a tree that could be grafted to grow multiple fruits. Simply amazing! I would really enjoy having a tree like that. I'll have to check and see what's available in our neck of the woods...


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writerkath 3 years ago

Congratulations on this wonderful Lens of the Day, and for winning the Gardening Club challenge! This is incredibly unique - and I had never, ever heard of a tree that could be grafted to grow multiple fruits. Simply amazing! I would really enjoy having a tree like that. I'll have to check and see what's available in our neck of the woods...


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Chris-H LM 3 years ago

Those are some beautiful photos you shot. As soon as I move into my next house I think I'll try one of these. :)


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SheilaMilne 3 years ago from Kent, UK

A fantastic idea if you're short of space!


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MrAusAdventure 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Congrats on LOTD. I think that having a fruit salad tree is an awesome idea for the backyard as it cuts down on space and wasted fruit. I have heard of these grafted trees before but I have never owned one.


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MrAusAdventure 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Congrats on LOTD. I think that having a fruit salad tree is an awesome idea for the backyard as it cuts down on space and wasted fruit. I have heard of these grafted trees before but I have never owned one.


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DrBillSmithWriter 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Neat! ;-)


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DrBillSmithWriter 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Neat! ;-)


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DrBillSmithWriter 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Neat! ;-)


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MBurgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I have heard of grafting roses and other plants but have never considered more than one type of fruit on a tree. I may have to try something like this with my lemon tree when it gets a thicker trunk on it! I think this is wonderful and I would love to give one of these to my mother. Great lens!


anonymous 3 years ago

I live in South Florida and I grafted eight varieties of mango on one tree, because it increases the picking season for my beloved fruit.


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SheilaSchnauzies 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

I've always wanted one of these! Congrats on your well deserved award, this is a fantastic lens!


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Elaine Chen 3 years ago

this is my first time saw four different fruits growing in the same tree; learn something new today :-) by the way, congratulation on your award :-)


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Jemjoseph 3 years ago

Wow, I never knew that different fruits could grow on one tree - incredible. Thanks for teaching me something new today.


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Pat Goltz 3 years ago

Wish I could. Wrong climate and soil, and we have very little water. I also have a brown thumb. I had heard of grafting, but I hadn't seen such a variety of grafts on one tree. I would love to get a different combination of fruits, since I don't like apricots or plums. Also, I'd rather have a key lime-lemon-tangerine tree. Mango sounds really nice, too. This is a great lens!


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JoanieMRuppel54 3 years ago from Keller, Texas

Awesome lens in the midst of much confusion. You displayed beautiful photographs and taught us about an interesting subject and I wish you the best in harvesting your fruit salad. Congrats on LOTD!


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BestofHalloween 3 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD! Definitely in a fruit salad tree. Nothing like home grown fruit.


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Christine Dever 3 years ago

Wow! Fascinating lens! I never knew grafting could be so easy. I've got to try it sometime!


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TopReviews2u 3 years ago

Congrats on Lens of the day! Well done. Love your lens. Very informative and great photos & resources.


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BestWeddings 3 years ago

Lens of the Day congratulations. Love your detailed info on growing a fruit salad tree. thanks for the resources and photos. Great shots.


BestGifts2U 3 years ago

LOTD congratulations. Love your images and detailed instructions for creating a fruit salad tree garden.


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delia-delia 3 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD! Wish I could have fruit trees, we have too much shade...Great informative lens.


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Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

We had one and the fruit salad trees are really neat; especially when you tell the kids it is "magic" You are really going to enjoy your four-fruit tree and fruits harvested all summer long. The many culinary dishes you can make from the different fruits is amazing and delicious. Congrats on you getting a P.S. and LotD. Have a Great Day!


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Dusty2 LM: Thanks Dusty2, I will be looking forward to summer and the first harvest.


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lilymom24 3 years ago

I have never heard of such a think but think its fabulous! Congratulations on such a great article! =)


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Sara2901 3 years ago

Interesting.


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Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

I have heard of this and seen pictures in catalogs but never actually seen one a person got to thrive at home. Too cool!


simplextester 3 years ago

test please ignore


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Jimna1 3 years ago

Yes! We tried to grow a 4-in-1 apple tree, with four varieties of apples. Poor thing didn't make it, though. I think we put it in the ground (surrounded by grass - eek!) too soon. The baby tree probably needed more time in the pot.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@Jimna1: @Jimna1, our 4-in-1 stonefruit fruit salad tree came in a pot that was supposed to be planted in the ground. In time, the pot will fall apart and blend into the soil. Sorry about your 4-in-1 apple tree, it may have been too young to be put in the ground.


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Nutrisimohealth 3 years ago

You have a great lens! What a beautiful tree! God Bless.


anonymous 3 years ago

I never knew that a fruit salad tree was possible. How cool! Your photos are terrific. Your LotD is certainly well-deserved!


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mrdata 3 years ago

Congrats for your LOTD! You deserve it :)


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Julia Morais 3 years ago

Awesome lens!! I wonder if fruit salad trees can grow in tropical climate. Would love to try growing this at home.


anonymous 3 years ago

This was so fun to read! I dream of growing my own fruits and veggies one day. I don't have enough space or sun right now, but someday I'm gonna be a one-woman farmer's market. :) I never knew about these trees! I can't wait to learn more about them. I'll be checking back to see your tree's growth, for sure.


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blessedmomto7 3 years ago

What a cool tree. I'd love one!


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BLemley 3 years ago from Raleigh, NC

Very cool! Congratulations on LOTD ~ wonderful info ~ never heard of it! And how cool to have the different blooms ~ Thanks for the great info! B : )


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amandascloset0 3 years ago

Congrats on Lens of the day! Great tips here. My great grandfather grafted apple trees to get a specific type of apple. It literally took him his entire life to get it completed. I like your shorter wait time ideas! Thanks for posting!


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junecampbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

My gawd. What will they think of next? LOL Seriously, what a great idea and what a great lens you have made. Congrats on LOTD


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simoza01 lm 3 years ago

Awesome piece of information , or technology , shall I say ? Thanks .


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JimHofman 3 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! Very cool tree and photos of its progression.


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weakbond 3 years ago from Johannesburg

Highly informative lens , a gardening lover's delight .


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Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

I like the way you showed your sweet tree over time. It will no doubt be more amazing each year. Thank you for sharing!


Echo Phoenix 3 years ago

Lovely Lens! I had not heard of the Fruit Salad Tree before, so awesome:) Congrats on your LOTD and thank you for sharing!


soaringsis 3 years ago

This is a first for me. I would love to grow a fruit salad tree. Congratulations on your LOTD.


soaringsis 3 years ago

This is a first for me. I would love to grow a fruit salad tree. Congratulations on your LOTD.


jura 3 years ago

Hmm iteresting .


anonymous 3 years ago

EVEN I LOVE GARDENING AND SPACE THING IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE. NOW YOU HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM. THANKS


DebMartin 3 years ago

Very cool idea. Now I have to figure out how to keep the deer from eating the tender shoots. I'm sure there's another squidoo lens that can help with that.


AuntieBeannie 3 years ago

I love your lens, the story, the photos, very well done! thanks for sharing your passion!


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Muebles de exte 3 years ago

nice lens, congratulations, thank you for all the info


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NekoIchi 3 years ago

Congratulations on your great lens! I didn't think a tree would produce in it's second year (my 2 year plum tree hasn't done anything!)


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@NekoIchi: AuntieBeannie, this is my first experience with a multi-grafted fruit tree. I am only grateful that the fruit salad tree is producing fruits on its second year. What a blessing.


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capulonix 3 years ago

Thanks for an interesting lens. I have looked at a fruit salad tree a number of times but so far not made the move. Have used individual citrus species with a grafted rootstock and they have worked well. het is more robust and the fruit is better. Keep up the good work


anonymous 3 years ago

A tree with 4 types of fruit, what a great concept and a very interesting article.

I have a townhouse with a patio but no yard to plant a tree in.

Can a small tree like this survive in a large pot?

Maybe I will plant a "potato salad" tree instead. ha


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Jimbo Yosemite, you can keep a fruit salad tree potted in your patio. Some of these are dwarf multi-grafted trees and will not get very tall.


poutine 3 years ago

First time ever I hear about a "fruit salad tree ".

I would love to get one for my backyard.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi Bakerwoman, you are awesome! Very creative and enterprising I say. I am an avid gardener myself. I have been seriously (but fun-loving all the way) experimenting and expanding my knowledge and space (my garden) with a host of edibles and flowers to enjoy. I have 2 fruit salad trees. When I purchase another battery for my digital camera, I am gonna to upload pics and show you all what is going on with my trees. Yes, I have had these trees for 3 years now and one of them-due to early freeze and sudden storms-have just nectarines (2) and 1 peach on it. It bloomed like the dickens but I am only left with just 3 fruit and many many leaves...The second one, is bearing 3 separate fruit types as you will see when I upload the pics. It has about 5 nectarines, 7 peaches, and 2 apricots. The only one not bearing fruit yet, is the plum graft and I think because it is still young yet. I tried to find out exactly what kind (brand name) of fruit were on this tree but the info was not available. I bought both trees from the Home Depot back in 2010. They are doing great and they both fruited the first year that I had them. The funny thing was, I was not even interested in purchasing fruit trees I just wanted to grow veggies but the Home Depot sales person persuaded and assured me that I would have fruit the same year if I purchased the tree. I took her up on her word and bought the tree. It did so well that I came back in the fall and bought another one and I tell you, I would not trade them for anything! The first fruit I ate was an apricot and it tasted like fruit straight from heaven. I could go on and on about these trees. They are easy enough to take care of, the only thing is that you have to keep the branches at an even height so that no one branch will outgrow and take over the tree due to aggressiveness. If you find that your plum branches are getting too long way beyond your other fruit types, prune that sucker immediately! LOL. Also, as far as fertilizing went, in the fall I made compost tea and watered around the circle of the tree and in early spring I used 10-10-10 fertilizer. I sprayed the tree quarterly with neem oil (home depot) concentrate-(1 cap neem oil to a gallon of water) and sprayed it every 7 days just to make sure no insects made a home in the tree. I also alternated with organic insecticide (dish washing liquid and water and a little vinegar) and sprayed every so often. Wallah!!! Fruit from heaven, just simply awesome. Sorry, this post is so long but I get excited in the garden and the fruit cocktail tree is the best thing since peanut butter and jelly! Keep up the awesome work bakerwoman!


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks gardenannie56 for sharing your experience with your 2 fruit salad trees. I have never sprayed mine with neem oil or dishwashing liquid to keep the bugs out, but I will definitely keep this in mind. I cannot wait to bite into one of them. Truly appreciate your feedback and visit.


anonymous 3 years ago

Bakerwoman: I own one of these trees. I have it for about 5 years. This is the first year it has produced flowers. But I have gotten no fruit. Flowers fell. It was so disappointing. The flowers were pink, so pretty. Is this a self pollinating tree? i don't know what I did wrong. Would you give me some advice?


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@poutine: poutine, it will be a welcome addition to your yard and a wonderful conversation piece.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@capulonix: capulonix, I am thinking of getting the multi-grafted citrus tree with lemon and lime because I use these a lot for baking and cooking. The stonefruit tree should be your next garden addition. You will not be disappointed.


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jlshernandez 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: orchid77, fruit salad trees are self-pollinating. You will need flowers to see fruits. The flowers on my fruit salad tree were only there for two weeks. It came in a biodegradable pot which was planted in the ground in its entirety. This will fall apart eventually. I live in Northern California and the weather is perfect for these multi-grafted trees. The tree gets a lot of sunlight where it is planted. This may be the reason why my first fruit salad tree bore fruits.


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rob-hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

I had not heard about these multigrafted trees before, such a great idea. I'd love to have one but in Ireland we can barely ripen an apple, let alone anything more exotic! Much of our fruit is imported. Terrific lens, well done!


Maniya 3 years ago

I knew such things can be done with mango and rose but not with others. Your steps were really helpful to me. I have done the same with a rose plant that know bears multiple color flower.. Thanks for sharing


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SusanDeppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

Back to check your harvest. It's beautiful! I really do need to try one of these.


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paulahite 2 years ago from Virginia

What a cool idea! I've never heard of a tree that did this! I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10593843672309975630...


GEMNITYA5 2 years ago

Awesome -fruit-salad-tree, I must it's a magical tree.

(Also shared on Facebook :)

~Blessings

*GEM*

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