Hi! My family is starting a small backyard orchard, and I’ve really liked everything I’ve learned about keeping trees pruned to a manageable size. I’m also very excited about the possibility of trying out more varietals than I had originally planned by planting multiples in one hole. However, what happens when 1 of the multiples in a single hole dies/gets sick and needs to be replaced? How do you extricate one tree from a multiple planting without harming the remainder? Do you introduce a new, younger sapling into the newly opened space even if the other partners are now older and more established?
Super curious. I’m wholeheartedly on board for pruning to a small, manageable size. Almost onboard for multiple trees in one (who wouldn’t be tempted to try more varieties?? I have dived deep down the rabbit hole of reading everybody’s opinions about their favorite varieties and which ones are prima donnas but still worth the work… haha!) In scouring the fruit growing forums, I realize that many of you replace trees often when they aren’t working out or aren’t tasting right… Super curious how this affects the remaining trees planted & how to replace removed trees when planted in such close proximity. Thanks a bunch!