I was scouring the internet the other day looking for inspiration and came across something that really interested me, Fruit Salad Trees. Yes, you read that correctly-Trees that bear more then one kind of fruit. Actually, once I thought about it this made perfect sense. Many times while walking through or driving through wooded areas I saw trees that were sporting both Oak and Maple leaves. It is through the process of one type of tree somehow NATURALLY grafting itself onto another tree that this can occur. So why did I never think of this in terms of fruit trees. Of course this grafting is done purposely by whoever is selling them—but what a great idea with the cost of fresh fruit rising with each day. And like I said, this process does occur naturally in nature.
This would be the perfect solution to those of you out there who have small backyards—imagine having oranges and lemons on the same tree that you could then harvest for yourself, or perhaps pears and apples. Yes, they do sell these kinds of trees—even in the Bonsai variety if you prefer or have less space! Of course you do have to live in the correct climate for the particular combination. There are many sites that sell these-one even sells one for a backyard that has 4 types of fruit. Now that would make one delicious fruit salad!
My apartment tends to be dry and hot—not a great environment for bonsai tree growing-but I am so tempted (maybe I would not kill this?) I would also have to make sure that the leaves were not toxic to Baby (the cat that would definitely either eat the leaves-or knock it over in a fit of temper). Hum, my Mom may not be going to Florida this winter (or so she says)—would be a great gift for her-she is really good at making things grow and does not have a cat! Then I could grab some of the fruit off her tree!!
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