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Fruit trees in raised beds

Posted by yawiney 7b/8 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 0:04

Anyone know if a dwarf cherry and dwarf nectarine would co-exist well in a 5.5X4ft raised bed? Cherry will be on Gisela 5 and the Nectarine is on Lovell. I have to put them in raised beds due to the high water table in winter here.
Please share ideas or experience. Thanks

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RE: Fruit trees in raised beds

I dont see why not. IF youre worried about drainage, you can put a "Drain" into the planting hole. Ive never done it but ive read about it. Basically you would dig the planting hole as usual, but then you dig down another 3 feet, in the center of the hole about 3 inches wide. Fill that with gravel, and it should help you get rid of some excess water.

I will say I have seen pics of fruit trees in raised beds. I have a pear and an evans cherry in the same sized spots, just not raised.

RE: Fruit trees in raised beds

  • Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 1, 13 at 11:29


Lovell is a full vigor rootstock and will not dwarf your nectarine. You can still keep your nectarine small though, you just have to prune it more often.

RE: Fruit trees in raised beds

look at dave wilson nursery videos on youtube they use raised beds all the time when drainage is problem. His are about 2x2x1 ft i think. I was thinking of doing this for a couple of peaches as my ground is too wet and low for them I have found out.

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