Planting a fruit tree has never been more fashionable. NZ’s largest wholesale fruit tree nursery – Waimea Nurseries in Nelson, which supplies garden centres all over the country – says demand has more than doubled in the last 2 years.

Looking for an investment that guarantees tasty returns despite the recession? Plant your own orchard with expert advice from NZ Gardener magazine’s latest special collector’s edition, Homegrown Fruit Trees.

Lynda Hallinan says, “Last winter Waimea Nurseries sold every single plum, peach, nectarine and apricot tree they’d grown, with many dwarf varieties selling out within a week of going on sale at garden centres. Don’t expect it to be any different this year. If there’s a special variety you want, order it now.”

New season’s bare-rooted fruit trees are arriving in garden centres for winter planting and Homegrown Fruit Trees offers all the advice you need to get them off to a great start, with practical tips for planting, pruning and orchard care.

From cherries, peaches and nectarines to apples, plums and quinces, there’s a fruit tree to suit every size and style of garden. “Even small gardens can include dwarf apples, cherries, crabapples, peaches and nectarines in pots,” says Hallinan.

Gardeners in warmer climates can grow their own bananas, avocados and exotic pawpaws, while those with frosty winters and hot summers can plant cherries, apricots and almonds.

“Other unusual fruit trees available in garden centres include prune plums for drying, hybrid plumcots, peacharines and cider apples.”
     
Once you’ve grown your own fresh organic fruit, you can also stock your pantry with pickles, chutneys, jams and jellies. Homegrown Fruit Trees includes dozens of delicious recipes for cakes, muffins, puddings and preserves to make the most of your crop.

NZ Gardener’s special collector’s edition Homegrown Fruit Trees is on sale now for $14.90 at supermarkets and leading magazine retailers, or visit www.mags4gifts.co.nz/homegrown

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