Fruit Cocktail

fruit cocktail tree

Here’s my little “fruit cocktail” tree.  When I saw it last year at Lowes Hardware, I just had to have it.

$20?  What the heck.  I laughed when I saw it.  Apricot, peach, nectarine and plum all grafted into the same trunk.

Will it live?  Who knows.  I actually didn’t expect it to make it through winter but, here it is, leafing and flowering like crazy!

All we did was plant it and give it some water.  No fertilizing. No checking soil content. Don’t even know where it likes to live but, I guess it likes to live here.

Maybe in a few years, we’ll even have some fruit.  I mean, fruit cocktail!

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10 Responses to Fruit Cocktail

  1. Jackie eldrenkamp says:

    Did you get yor fruit cocktail tree locally? We had one we bought online, and it died after about 4 years.. We really loved it and want to get another one.

  2. Karen says:

    Oh, no! I hate that yours died. Now I’m worried. Mine is in its second season. I haven’t done anything to it, yet. Planning to prune and fertilize this Fall. So far, it’s had lots of fruit, but it all falls off because it gets too heavy for the thin branches.

    I bought it at Lowes, a local home improvement store. Hope it survives!

  3. Hello there! I would love to see some updated pics! I can’t seem to find any on the web of a successful fruit cocktail tree producing fruit! Mine had blossoms but that was it… :/

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Barbie! I will take some this year. Mine has gotten fruit the last two seasons but, when it gets to about the size of a quarter, it falls off! The branches haven’t been large enough to actually support fruit. In fact, I just cut the branches back about 3 weeks ago in preparation of Spring!

    Thanks for asking.

  5. Jim says:

    Hi everyone,
    My Lowe’s fruit cocktail tree is in its second season and is doing
    great. Small fruit is on the tree. The tree doubled
    in size and is very healthy. Two fruits are present
    on the branches. One side is definitely growing
    faster than other branches, just not due which
    ones yet.

  6. Karen says:

    Thanks for the info, Jim!

    Our tree has had a lot of small fruit but it all falls off fairly early in the season. The limbs have not been large enough to support the fruit.

    At the end of this past winter, I cut all the limbs back quite a bit in an attempt to get them to thicken up. We’ll see what happens. The tree is full of leaves now and looks more like a topiary bush!

    Please, keep us posted on your tree’s progress!

  7. brenda holt says:

    have never commented on anything like this before, but was so interested to read about the fruit cocktail trees. if I could figure out how to do it, I would send a picture of mine. I bought it at a farmers market in nashville , tn abt 4 yrs ago. it has grown very well , is abt 10 ft high. it was abt 3 ft when I purchased it. I have never found peaches or nectarines ( maybe those grafts didnt take), but last month I had apricots , smaller thank I hoped, but very good flavor, this month I had a bumper crop of delicious plums. I love this tree.

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda:
    How exciting! My tree has gotten taller, about 7 feet tall, but produced nothing. Of course, I’ve never sprayed it and every year the beetles eat it up. Probably also points out the difference between a Farmer’s Market tree and a tree from a big box store!

    I only recently told my husband that we need to go ahead and take it down. If I want to do fruit, I need to invest in good trees and really give them the care they require.

    I’m so glad yours has been a success! Thanks for taking the time to share.

  9. Benita Parker says:

    Bought one of these trees also. It grew 3 kinds of fruit the very first year.The next 4 years it produced a new type of plum .The plums were large, red and tasted like mangos. Last year the blooms died from a spring snow. This year it is full of little plums.Love this lil tree.

  10. Karen says:

    I’m so glad you’re loving this tree! Mine only produced very small fruit which would eventually fall off. And, I could not compete with the beetles who LOVED this tree! So I sadly cut it down.

    Congrats to you!

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