43 thoughts on “High Density Planting for Fruit Trees

    Adron Lamb

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    If the Pluot is a hybrid of plum and apricot, doesn't that also mean that they are pollinators for each other? I would expect maybe that some pears are pollinators for some apple varieties also. And that ornamental cherries pollinate sweet cherries? And that if a person lives in a neighborhood full of both fruiting and ornamental flowering fruit trees, two trees of different varieties are not always needed they just need to flower at overlapping time periods

    hybrid green

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Lmfao! Right in your intro you show "what not to do ever": squeezing and tearing a branch with loppers !!! Fire whoever made that intro🤡🤡🤡

    wakawaka

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    special thanks to dave wilson nursery for coming up with the idea, i think they started the trend.

    Louisiana Gardening Family

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    That's a good informational video 📹

    Louisiana Gardening Family

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Good idea ma'am

    Robert Madden

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I have some 1 and 2 year potted apple and pear trees with 1 to 2 inch diameter trunks. Should I cut them off knee high like you did for high density planting? I mean are they too big for this?

    Brian Perendy

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I screwed up with apricots in Minnesota. ha

    Thom Bluemel

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    AWESOME video! Thank you!

    Lisa Kukla

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I've seen a really intriguing technique implemented where two trees are placed in the same hole, with the trunks about 4" apart. The entire middle area, the part facing the other tree, is pruned away, leaving the two trees to sort of make up one canopy.

    Lior Holtslag

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Who in the heck would imagine Oklahoma would have something to offer the entire nation but we viewers in Virginia have come to appreciate the gardening videos from Oklahoma State whatever

    kukana228

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Great Great Great! Thank you for such a clear explanation. I'm saving your video so I can find it quickly to review. At my age, I need repetition. I've just started with fruit trees in my small urban garden. I have two in the ground and four more coming. Keeping my trees small for easy management is just what I want. Thinking through the tree planting position to allow the weaker tree to be south to get more sunlight is genius. It never occurred to me. Thank you.

    Elwood Hurrin

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    do you suppose I can plant 2 ing cherries without a pollinator ?

    Dr Pettinger

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Great video Kim. This is something Dave Wilson Nursery has been doing for years. It's called backyard orchard culture. They have tons of videos about it. One major point she didn't drive home enough is never let any of the trees get bigger then the weakest variety. In addition it is very import to insure the initial caliper of each of the trees is similiar

    laney opperman

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Thank you!

    nou- nw

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    nice nice

    Dawn Amer Photography

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Just wondering how those cherry trees are doing now. I am doing a high density circle in my little garden (less than half acre) and some one told me and a nursery that cherry trees hate being pruned so now I am having second thoughts.

    69juamex

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Do you really need that much space for the trees?

    ToxicVaccines ToxicFluoride, HIV HOAX

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Very informative video! 👍🌲

    It would be interesting to watch footage of a few years later showing these or other trees that were planted using this high density method.

    Sara García

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Can one do this for pecan trees or are nut trees different?

    M

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    can you please show me how to prune a braided apple tree?

    TranceNotes

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Kim: super video! I have two different semi-dwarf pears: a Conference and a Williams bon de Chretien). The maximum planting distance I have available at the desired location is only 10ft. Is it better to plant them 10 ft apart, or plant them both in the same hole? TIA!

    Ryin88

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    would the hedgerow and 3 in one hole technique work for dwarf: naval orange, tangelo and lemon?? they'll be planted in front of my house, with PLENTY of sunshine !!

    Ray Block

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Hey Kim,
    I am wondering how the three tree system worked. I am planing on using the same system for dwarf apples. Like a three legged stool, If they were attached to each other would they be self supporting? It would illuminate the need for a costly trellis.

    zigzagzarf

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    freaked me out when you chopped the whole tree top off

    Scott Pi

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Another approach would be to plant one cherry tree, and graft 2 other varieties onto it, and manage them for balance. Do you ever do that? I've been experimenting with some chip bud grafting with cherries and peaches and plums and almonds. Which, incidentally, could all be grafted onto a single tree . . .

    Scott Pi

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Crazy idea: If you are planting 3 cherries together, and you want the crop low and easy to reach, why not chop one off at 18", one off at 30", and one off at 42". That way each one can grow out in more of a 360 degree area, and each have more of its own height. Oriented with the short one in the south, and the other 2 behind that one. Like theater seating. Thoughts? (LOVED the video, btw. I have 3 bare root cherries waiting to be planted.)

    Powell Gammill

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Really comprehensive coverage of high density planting method. Nice job!

    xmcmannes

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I have some young apple trees that I planted as bare roots two summers ago. They really haven't developed much and I plan on transplanting them to a new area in my yard and try the high intensity planting. Now, my question is: being two years old, am I still able to cut them down to 24"? I would hate to make that heading cut and accidentally kill them. What are your thoughts?

    jason leeman

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    make more video and cannot wait to watch it…….

    mujtaba painda

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    so where is the update ? it has been 4 years now you should have updated by now

    magicstix0r

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Amigawd tree murder…

    tom8181

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    May we have an update on these trees please?

    David Harnden

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Last fall I planted 14 fruit trees in a row about 4 ft apart.  I amended the soil with a lot of compost but not much composted manure because I didn't want to encourage a lot of vegetative growth.  I have not pruned the trees to 18" yet.  When would you recommend pruning them in the OKC area?

    RetroComputerNerd

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I am planning to plant 4 trees in a similar configuration.

    The trees will be planted in mid November in mid Michigan.

    When would be the best time to make the big pruning cut to knee height?

    laluna

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    This is the most interesting video on high density planting I have seen.  I planted plums and apricots approx. 24 inches apart and my neighbor said I didn't know what I was doing.  I did this without knowing there was such a thing as high density planting.  

    You are one of the few individuals I have heard that know what they are talking about and for that I thank you for making this video. 

    Sandeep Pandir

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Hi, with 3 plants ( Peach/Nectarine/plum) in one hole how much total area  ( Tree Canopy) they need to once they established ?

    sagerainwillow

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I love this method! I'm in Florida and just purchased my first home. I want to grow citrus fruit, but half the backyard is septic and drainfield which leaves me only a small area where the root system of the trees won't affect the plumbing. Thanks for the great tutorial. This is exactly what I want to do!

    Rinsuki

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    She just wanted neat rows. You have plenty of room lady….

    Margaret Esposito

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I was shock you plant 18" apart at least two feet apart.

    Jasmin1211

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I almost cried seeing what you did to the plants 🙁

    Hans Gruetzenbach

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    GREAT VIDEO!!!

    HumbleHaven

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    I'm planting several trees soon and I've been very worried about pruning too much. I see from your video that it would be very difficult to do so. Thanks for the tips

    Aric Guimond

    (August 6, 2019 - 8:35 pm)

    Interesting thanks for posting.

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