Growing Mediterranean Fruit on Vancouver Island


A Tour of Fruit Trees and More

      
by BC Farms & Food  -  Permalink
May 8, 2015

Bob Duncan, owner of Fruit Trees and More in North Saanich, BC, takes us on a tour of his demonstration orchard and nursery and shows how to grow Mediterranean fruit on Vancouver Island.

By using microclimates, partial shelters, an unheated greenhouse, and by choosing varieties best suited to the south coast BC climate, Duncan has found ways to grow subtropical fruits that normally could not thrive in this northern climate. The video includes tips on how to grow Mediterranean figs, lemons, oranges, olives and loquats, as well as warm weather fruits and nuts such as peaches, nectarines, almonds and apricots.

 

 
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  1. 2018 September 9
    Beverly permalink

    Hello. I would like to know if I would be able to grow Coronation grapes in Port McNeill. I am about 5km. From the ocean. Thanks

  2. 2018 July 8
    Tina Fagan permalink

    Hello,
    Awesome video, I did not realize all the types of fruit we can actually grow on Vancouver Island. I was hoping to grow apricots in our back yard, as they are my favorite as well. The backyard is south facing, but we live up in Courtenay. Is there anything special I should do to ensure the life of the tree or will it even be possible to grow it up here as we might just be a little colder then in Saanich?

    Thank you,
    Tina

  3. 2018 January 25
    M. Hamzah permalink

    Thank you for a beautiful video. Growing trees is a passion of mine since I was a farm boy in one of the Mediterranean mountains back in Middle East. We still have over 200 apple trees, few Pear trees, Chestnut trees, Walnut trees. Unfortunately, it is too cold for Peaches and Apricots to grow over there. However, here in Burnaby, B.C I have tried Olive trees 3 times unsuccessfully but I am still trying it in a pot. Persimmon tree (Very successful, Aprox 200 Persimmons a year), Mediterranean Walnut successful (Squirrels are not leaving many), Green and Black Figs are very successful, different grape varieties (Not sure yet, last summer was the first year). This spring, the plan includes a Peach tree, an Avocado tree, An Almond Tree (Maybe), a Chestnut tree and more grape varieties. I was not able to find a Chestnut tree in BC but I am still looking and trying to start it from a seed just like I did with the Walnut tree I have. Does anyone know where I can get a chestnut and an Almond trees? Thanks.

    • 2018 May 10
      A. Clarke permalink

      Hello,
      We have chestnut trees and are getting more next spring. Please have a look at our website if you like – great to know that you are growing so many interesting fruits. We should all form an uncommon fruit club in the Lower Mainland! Best wishes

      https://exoticfruitnursery.weebly.com/

  4. 2017 November 25
    Ann McGregor permalink

    I have a new pergola (south facing) … I would like to grow grapes or other climbing plants.
    Is fall a good time to actually put them in the ground?

    • 2018 January 3
      Bob & Verna Duncan, Fruit Trees and More permalink

      Although Fall is an ok time for putting the plants into the ground, Spring is also just fine.

  5. 2016 July 31
    caroline m. permalink

    wow, what an amazing video and eye opener. I’m at the planning stage of an edible garden and have heard a few “you can’t grow this or that here” , thanks for sharing tips & techniques that can help me turn you can’t into you can.

  6. 2016 January 25
    Ted Grippo permalink

    Good Day,

    Do you have a contact number for Bob Duncan

    Regards

    Ted Grippo

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