Will Grafting Help Dwarf a Fruit Tree
by Ms R
Hi . I'm trying to grow a fruit tree in a container and hopefully have fruit as well.
I'm in Sudan and there is no dwarf rootstock here. Infact people look at me funny when I ask.
Is it possible to get your fruit tree to act like a dwarf tree if I graft it by air-layering?
I have mango, a lemon, a guava, an orange, a pomegranate and a grape vine. None of them are dwarf. I need them to fruit what do I do?
I have six kids and the fruit would be a blessing.
Plant Guides Answer
If there is no dwarfing rootstock available where you live then grafting is not an option.
You did not mention how large your plants are or how they were grown. Seedlings, cuttings and grafted trees all grow to different sizes and fruit after different lengths of time.
Since you are asking about grafting, I will assume that none of your trees are grafted.
The pomegranate, guava and mango can all be successfully coaxed into fruiting in containers.
The grape vine will need to be properly pruned in order to fruit and you will need to place a trellis in the pot or train it up into a tree.
The citrus trees may never fruit if they are seedlings. Orange and lemon trees grown from seed need to grow quite large before they will fruit. Much larger than they can grow in a pot.
There is an exception to this. The Meyer lemon tree is a natural dwarf and will be small even when grown from seed.
The other problem with citrus seedlings is the length of time they take to fruit. Some can take as long as a decade.
Your children will have all grown up before your first crop arrives!
I hope that your trees were grown from cuttings. If so, they will fruit much more quickly and at a much smaller size.
If the cuttings which your trees grew from were taken from a tree that blooms and fruits regularly, then your trees should begin to bloom and fruit within 2 or 3 years if they are given good care.
Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have as you carry out this interesting project of planting an orchard in pots.
May you be blessed with a bountiful harvest.
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