Posted on: 9 January 2015
Not only is fresh fruit absolutely delicious, but it is also very versatile, as it can be used to make salads, glazes, chutneys, smoothies, and dessert. Unfortunately, it can be rather expensive to purchase fresh fruit from the grocery store on a regular basis. If you're interested in growing fruit trees at home, here are a few tips that will help you do just that.
Keep Space in Mind
Before you start purchasing saplings from your local nursery, you should determine how much space you have available to dedicate to fruit trees. The amount of space you have will determine the types of trees you will be able to grow at home. In general, if you have a very large yard, you will be able to grow classic orchard trees, which include trees that bear peaches, apples, and pears. You should expect to plant these trees more than just a few feet apart, so it is vital that you have plenty of space in your yard.
On the other hand, if you have a small yard, you will likely have to opt to grow dwarf trees instead of classic orchard trees. A citrus tree is an example of a dwarf tree. Since dwarf trees can thrive in pots, you they take up less space in your yard. You should also consider growing berry bushes if you're limited in space when it comes to your yard.
If you want your fruit trees to bear fruit, it is vital that you keep the issue of pollination in mind. No matter what you do, your tree will never get past the blooming stage if pollination is a problem. Therefore, you should choose a fruit tree that is capable of pollinating itself. This means that the fruit tree has both male and female flowers on one single plant.
If you don't purchase a self-pollinating fruit tree, expect to have to grow at least two trees of each variety to enable cross-pollination. Some examples of self-pollinating trees are peach, nectarine, and citrus trees. Apple, plum, and pear trees, on the other hand, rely on cross-pollination.
If you want to have access to fresh fruit without spending a fortune, you should consider growing fruit trees at home. As you can see, growing fruit trees at home isn't as difficult as it may sound. Just be patient and follow the tips listed above and you will likely have trees bearing fruit eventually. (For information on tree care, contact a company such as Lawn-Tech, Ltd.)Share