While I was deciding on what veg to do next I noticed a couple of images at the top of my screen that I have been meaning to use for a while. I was hanging onto them because I was tempted to do an exposé. But, being worried about being sued, I have been hesitating. I am thus showing the images without mentioning the company. Of course there is then the issue of using the images without crediting them so I am therefore stuck between a rock and a hard place. I think the company should be pleased I have not named them. Let it be enough to say that they claim that their fruit trees are easy to grow and will produce massive crops of wonderful fruit.
It just reiterates what I have often said about being careful with plant images, which are not always as accurate as they should be. They owe more to Photoshop than good horticulture. I always aim to be as honest as possible on this blog and not to sugar-coat things too much. And information, either pictorial or written, that is misleading, really offends me.
So here we have two fruit trees. The first a pear.
Firstly, this pear tree was never in this modern room. It has been placed there thanks to Photoshop and not by a gardener. A pear tree will not grow in a house. Ever. And if you did try you would certainly want to stand the pot on a saucer to prevent ruining the floor. But perhaps the pot does not have drainage holes? Well that is worse because the roots will drown. And as for those pears! What an amazing crop of fruit growing so closely to the main stem. It is almost unbelievable. Well, actually it is is completely unbelievable.
And how about growing some cherries?
Our home owner looks worried rather than pleased at her tasty crop of cherries. Perhaps she is expecting the dark force that allowed her to produce this miraculous crop to come back for her soul. There is nothing right about this image. I suppose the only practical thing about it is that, growing indoors, at least the cherries won’t be eaten by the blackbirds.
Both pears and cherries can be grown at home but neither is easy – well both have their problems. And neither are houseplants!