Dwarf Self Pollinating Almond

A PlantNet® Exclusive

Our dwarf self pollinating almond is one of our most popular varieties. A proven producer of sweet, addictive nuts, this variety is a true winner, and a true dwarf. Added to our Backyard Beauties™ selection in 2014, it shares its peer’s traits of being low fuss, small sized, with big fruit (or nuts!).

Essential Information

  • Full Sun
  • 2.5m x 2.5m maximum height
  • Harvest in January – February depending on climate
  • Mid-season papershell almond
  • Self-pollinating, but requires pollinating insects to produce nuts
  • Suitable for pots and tubs
  • Best in Mediterranean, warm, and cool temperate locations. NOT SUITABLE FOR SUBTROPICAL AND LOW CHILL AREAS.

 

 Additional Information

  • Harvest almonds as shells start to split open
  • Almonds can be stored in an airtight container – when harvested in shell they last for months.
  • Prune in winter

Description

This variety is an excellent choice as a feature plant, espalier (fan shape), potted specimen, and garden bed planting. With beautiful white and pink flowers emerging in spring, and sculptural leaves to follow, it is truly exceptional. Being a self-pollinator, it is suited to people with small sunny backyards and courtyards who want a diverse range of fruit trees.

Create a potted orchard with this variety and pair it with dwarf nectarines, apricots, and pomegranates for those of us who don’t have room for trees that require pollination partners!

Troubleshooting

While our Dwarf Self Pollinating Almond is an extremely hardy plant, it is still susceptible to disease. The main source of disease is overwatering during leaf and bud emergence – this can increase the chance of fungal infections such as root rot, rust, and shot hole fungus. It is most important to routinely water an almond tree coming out of dormancy and through to fruit development, yet drainage needs to be adequate. Fortunately for this variety, you can increase drainage of potted plants by lifting the pot and using a well draining premium potting mix.

If selling this variety bare-rooted, you should be instructing customers to lightly prune their fruit trees when planting or potting them to limit these occurrences! The alternative is to do it yourself when you receive your order. For planting instructions tailored to the home gardener, please refer to our Customer Handouts page.

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Common FAQs

Does this variety take part shade?

Almonds need a minimum of 6 hours of sun. If this is achieved in the middle of the day, then morning and afternoon shade will be suitable.

How long will it last in a pot?

Provided you plant this variety in a 50cm wide pot (minimum), you will not need to remove it from it’s pot for many years, possibly indefinitely. You may need to trim roots and replant into the same pot after 5+ years.

Where is this variety suitable to sell?

Warm and cold temperate environments are both suitable for almonds. Inland and coastal VIC and SA, inland NSW, Perth, and parts of QLD are all suitable.

This variety is not suited to tropical or subtropical areas.

What rootstock is this variety on?

This variety is grafted onto a dwarf PlantNet® exclusive rootstock.

Potted almonds growing for retail nurseries.

Backyard Beauties

Immature fruit – approximately 2 months away from harvest.