Our abnormally brutal winter did a lot of damage here on the West Coast and thoroughly killed our two potted Fig trees. But there’s always a silver lining; I then had the happy task of “needing” to fill two large pots. I knew I wanted some sort of edible fruit but I couldn’t make up my mind. Fortunately, I didn’t have to.
Here we have a very scrawny plum hybrid. Branches from different varieties are grafted onto the main trunk. If all goes as planned, the tree grows with all transplanted branches producing different varieties of plum. This one has Brooks Plum, Shiro Plum, Blue Damson Plum and Beauty Plum.
Above we have a cherry hybrid which includes Stella Cherry, Sam Cherry, Van Cherry and Rainier cherry. Our kids had been asking for some cherry trees ever since they spent the summer climbing and eating from some beautiful old cherry trees in the Okanagan. You can imagine their disappointment when they saw this little one!
Now I chose semi-dwarf species as I was limited by the size of my pot-and anything in a pot requires more frequent fertilization; especially edibles. These ones may be able to go a good five years before they need to be put in the ground. Given that this is bear country, I just hope they make it that long!