Almond (Dwarf Garden Prince) Tree
NUT-ALMOND-1-7Regular price $55.00
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Fancy adding something just a bit different to your garden? Consider a Dwarf Garden Prince Almond tree. This compact, self fertile dwarf is suited to small gardens, container growing and espalier. It is a low chill variety that can be grown in the northern areas of New Zealand, as well as other regions.
Urban Bounty Dwarf Almond Trees are 45 - 60cm high.
About Dwarf Garden Prince Almond Tree
Almonds are closely related to Peaches and are likely to have originated in wester Asian, and west China. Although many varieties grow into a large tree, the Garden Prince is compact, growing to 1.5 metres high. It is grafted onto a Golden Queen Peach rootstock and is self fertile although it may produce a larger crop with other almonds planted nearby.
This attractive but productive tree produces abundant pale pink blossoms in late winter, that grow into medium sized sweet almonds encased in a soft pale green shell. The Almonds are usually ready to harvest in March or April. Your tree will take 2 - 3 years to bear its first crop.
Many Almonds require a set number of 'chilling hours' over winter to set fruit. However, the Garden Prince is a low chilling variety and so is suitable for areas with milder winters.
A Garden Prince Almond tree would look at home in an elegant, cottage, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean garden.
Culinary Uses for Almond
Almonds have one of the highest content of protein of all nuts, so a steady harvest should provide that extra energy you need to get you through the day! Their sweet and nutty flavour pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes.
Toasted almonds add extra crunch and sweetness to midweek salads, or rice pilaf. Crushed Almonds are the crucial ingredient in homemade marzipan and sweet Dutch treats like Gevulde Speculass. Spiced and toasted Almonds also make an interesting addition to a nibbles platter.
Growing Conditions - Dwarf Almond Garden Prince Tree
Almond trees flourish in a sunny spot, sheltered from wind and frost. They also prefer fertile, well-drained soil. Companion plant your Garden Prince with Sage, Mint, Lavender or Alpine Strawberries. Avoid planting them near Potatoes or Tomatoes.
When your tree is young, water regularly. Also ensure that it gets regular water in long dry periods and when fruiting. Keep your tree well fed by applying compost and a small amount of Morganics fertiliser in autumn and spring. Also keep an eye out for fungal diseases - especially if you live in an area with humid weather, or wet springs.
As a dwarf variety, little pruning is required to keep your Dwarf Garden Prince Almond in good condition. Wait until after fruiting to prune, focusing on opening the centre to create a vase shape with good air circulation. Remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches, as well as any growing towards the centre of the tree.