Dwarf Self Pollinating Almond

$45.00 inc. GST

Self-pollinating

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This self-pollinating dwarf almond variety has large, broad, paper shelled kernels and ripens mid-season. The almonds have a good sweet flavour and are relatively versatile with their uses. The Dwarf Self Pollinating Almond can be stored in the shell for months. Once almonds are shelled store them in an air tight container. Harvest almonds just as the shell starts to split open.

This dwarf almond and all varieties chosen in the Dwarf range produce full size fruit and are sweet and crisp to eat. The dwarf almond is a low maintenance tree ideal for backyards, pots, or tubs because of its dwarfing tree size. Please be advised we recommend dwarf trees are staked permanently due to trees producing high crop loads.

Uses
A low maintenance, open canopy tree, with large, white/pink flowers in the Spring, ideal for confined spaces because of its dwarfing tree size.
Tree height
2.5m
Tree width
2.5m
Skin colour
Brown to tan
Flesh
White
Fruit shape
Almond shape
Fruit size
Medium (almond size)
Flavour
Strong
Harvest time
Jan-Feb(depending on climate)
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, cooking
Comments
Prolific bearer with great storage

Description

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. In hot climates, consider a protected space where the tree receives protection from strong winds to reduce fruit dropping. Your space should have free draining soil to avoid fungal issues. If it doesn’t, consider planting in a pot, raised garden bed, or a mound.

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but where utilised, use two stakes with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend. The main fertilising period is early Spring and Autumn. To give you a general guide, PlantNet® has created a great guide for fertilising deciduous fruit trees in pots from trial work completed by PlantNet® over a 3 year period.

Pruning – Prune bareroot or dormant trees in winter back by 1/3 at time of planting. Prune at the end of winter every following year. See the growing guide linked below for more information.

Pest & Disease Control – Spray with an organic Bordeaux spray at the start of winter, and twice just before bud swell at the end of winter. This controls many diseases and overwintering pests. Many insect pests can be controlled with netting once flowers have formed fruit. For further information view our  Common Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases article.

For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!