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Question: fruit trees

I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU CAN PLANT A TANGERINE TREE AND A PEACH TREE IN A 3M X 2.50 FLOWER BED


Answer: fruit trees

Dear Vincenzo,

in fact the mandarin and the apricot are trees of limited size, which generally do not exceed 4-5 meters in height, with foliage that remain of a similar diameter; if then they are pruned as in the orchards, surely a small flowerbed may be sufficient to contain both, considering however that the flowerbed is in a sunny area and that it has no walls around it.

However, consider that the two trees have quite different cultivation needs, as the apricot is also grown in the Po Valley, and therefore it is well resistant to the winter cold and also to short periods of drought, while instead the mandarin is an evergreen tree, quite delicate, which fears the frost (especially if intense and prolonged) and needs regular watering, sometimes even in winter. The biggest problem lies precisely in the quantity of water: the mandarin will need watering even when the apricot will be in complete vegetative rest, even without leaves. Excess water in the soil at this time of year can irreparably ruin the root system of the apricot tree. Therefore, it would be advisable to keep the two saplings far enough apart, or the cultivation care provided for one, would eventually favor the development of parasites on the other tree.

It would therefore be appropriate to evaluate the possibility of placing two small fruit trees in the flowerbed with similar needs, such as a peach and an apricot, or a mandarin and a lemon; such a flowerbed would certainly give you less headaches.

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