For my birthday this year, my daughter bought me two adorable little fruit trees. Though the fruit sounds strange, Limequat and Calamondin orange tree (“has a similar flavor to a lime or lemon”) there are cherry, apple, lemon, lime, miniature almond and peach trees available online.
The trees I have come from Duarte Nursery in California but my daughter bought them from our local Lowe’s. Their website has a list of distributors. Check out other growers online like Bay Laurel Nursery and Dave Wilson Nurseries.
Various Fruit Trees
“A cocktail fruit tree is created by taking multiple scion buds of either different varieties or species of fruit (still must be within the same family) and grafting them onto a rootstock. This will not affect the specific type of the desired fruit (scion), because the genetics of the scion and the rootstock were not mixed even though they are now one tree,” as stated on the Duarte Nursery website.
Saving Money On Food
When I was little, we lived in the suburbs and had a garden that I hated weeding. Now, I live in an apartment and try to grow what I can to help us eat. Most of my experiments have failed miserably (only two peas in one pod) but I will not give up. These little trees give me incentive. Any help I can get to save money on our food bill! I am also a fervent seed gatherer so I am very happy to find I’m not the only one. I found Seed Savers Exchange, which is a company after my own heart. They have been collecting seeds since 1975, are FDA approved and located in Deborah, Iowa.
This wonderful company has made it their goal to save the heirloom specimens found through our country’s history. They have found seeds from family farms as far back as the 19th century. Without their work, many plants would be extinct. Looking through their catalog, I have found they have small houseplants that produce vegetables, peppers, tomatoes, root vegetables, berries and beans. Pretty soon, I’m going to have a green house set up in my apartment. With this help, I just may have something to put on the table!
Sheryl Knapp is a freelance writer and has been a single mom for over twenty-five years.