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spacing of semi dwarf pear and apple trees

Posted by debstuart1 z4NH (My Page) on
Mon, May 25, 09 at 16:28


Can anyone advise me on this? The nursery said 30 feet apart and yet the orchard where I 'pick my own" doesn't have them anywhere near that far apart. It would be better for me if they could be more like 20 feet - in terms of getting best sun spot in my yard. I plan ultimately in having 6 trees...three of each and a seventh which would be a cherry.

all advice welcome!


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RE: spacing of semi dwarf pear and apple trees

Deborah: Your thinking is much clearer than your nursery. For semidwarf 10ft between trees with 15ft rows is doable depending on how much summer pruning you do. Even 15ft by 20ft, which is a lot for any semidwarf apple, is way less than 30ft.

The Fruitnut

RE: spacing of semi dwarf pear and apple trees

Thanks! That makes SO much more sense. deep to plant? Just to where soil is in pot which is below the graft. Is that correct?

RE: spacing of semi dwarf pear and apple trees

Hi debstuart1-

That's correct. You want to plant the tree at least as high as the original soil line otherwise roots can form above the union down into the soil which effectively removes the benefit of having a (semi) dwarfing rootstock. The reason to plant it even higher than the original soil line was talked about by Harvestman (see post below) today: Often the trees will sink a bit in their new hole, especially if it was dug too deep. Also, you'll be adding mulch on top of the soil, which, year after year, becomes a slightly higher and higher soil line. Make sense?


Here is a link that might be useful: Have you expereinced scion rooting

RE: spacing of semi dwarf pear and apple trees

We just received a lecture from a local orchard regarding this at our local plant swap 2 weekends ago. A semi-dwarf is meant to grow about 10-12 ft tall, maybe more. So, figure your spacing on that.

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