What You Need To Know About Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are somewhat fussy about where they're planted. For example, if you were planting a large commercial orchard, site selection is critical. For a home garden, your need to take a few things into account. Remember, fruit trees don't like wet feet, so well-drained, loamy soil is a must. They should be located where there is good air circulation so their leaves won’t dry quickly, since moisture helps spread disease.

Mind the frost! Flower buds can be easily killed by late spring frosts, so avoid sitting your orchard in a frost pocket. Cold air flows downhill, which makes flowering fruit trees located at the bottom of a slope especially vulnerable. Mid-slope is the best location because winds are most severe at the top.

Fruit trees need a lot of sunlight to grow healthy and productive. If they are shaded by other trees or a building they will be less fruitful and more prone to insects and disease.

Select the most promising site on your property, and then plant a couple of trees and give it a try. A big concern among gardeners is having enough space to grow fruits in their backyard. If you have a wall, a fence, or somewhere to put a pot, you're probably fine.

You can grow fruits in your backyard or on your balcony by using large pots or trellises to maximize the space in your tiny garden. Most fruit trees do need plenty of sunlight, so whether you grow them outside on a balcony or in an attractive container in your kitchen, you’ll need to place them in a spot with lots of light. In general, fruits like it warm and they typically enjoy higher levels of humidity. The city is often ideal for growing fruits. The urban heat effect means the fruit is actually more likely to ripen. This gives you the chance to grow exotic fruits like apricots, figs, peaches, nectarines, and more.

When growing fruits, start with a pot that is large. At least 20 to 24 inches (50-60 cm) wide and at least as tall! You want a container that is as wide or wider at the top as at the bottom. This way, you can easily pull the plant out of the pot later, when you want to repot it. Make sure the container you use has holes (usually in the bottom and/or sides). This way, any excess water can drain, and air can access the soil. This will help you to prevent potentially fatal diseases like root rot.

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