Vol 117 (2004): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Ornamental, Garden & Landscape

Tropical and subtropical fruit tree size control for backyard growers

Carlos F. Balerdi
University of Florida
Published December 1, 2004
  • pruning,
  • dwarfing stalks,
  • inverted grafts


Backyard growers have several ways of controlling tree size. The first one is to choose species/cultivars that are small or that fit available space. Tropical fruit species are genetically small, medium and large sized. Another method of controlling tree size is through dwarfing stocks, using dwarfing interstocks or even using inverted grafts. The third system of tree size control is through pruning. These systems will be discussed in this paper.