The concept of multi graft fruit trees is to grow a number of different fruits of the same type on the one tree. This can provide not only a variety of fruit, it can also be a method of growing fruit that matures at different times all on the one tree.
A number of different methods are used. Some using 2 fruits, other using more. So for space saving, variety and prolonging the harvest season, this is one way to grow fruit in the garden. The varieties include: Multigraft Apples, Multigraft citrus and Multigraft stonefruit. A Multi Grafted Fruit Tree is one tree with two or more with different Fruit grafted onto the one trunk.
Newer releases include Cherry Trees and these will cross pollinate eliminating the need for more than one tree. In all multigraft trees, varieties should be selected to allow for successful cross pollination.
Excellent for those with limited space multigraft fruit trees are also suited to growing in pots orcontainers. They require similar growing conditions in terms of soil, moisture, light and fertilizer to other fruit trees of the type. Pruning methods are the same as for standard fruit trees.
Problems and pruning Multi-Grafts
One of the problems with multi-grafts is that some of the grafted varieties will have a different growth rate to others. This means that different grafts will need to pruned slightly differently to maintain a well balanced and healthy tree.
Pears are a classic example with the Anjou variety usually being more vigorous that Beurre Bosc. You will need to prune each variety back to the same sort or length, even if one is more vigorous than the others.
The advantage is that fruits of different varieties will ripen at different times, this extends the ‘fresh fruit’ harvest period.
Multi graft Fruit Trees are available from the following growers and nurseries
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
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