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8 tips for planting fruit trees at home

Planting fruit trees at home can offer us many benefits related not only to our health, but also to improving the appearance of our garden. The reality is that if it is not done in the right way, there is little chance that any type of tree or fruit plant can bloom and eventually give them those delicious fruits that we like so much. Therefore, below we want to share 8 tips to plant fruit trees at home.

 

1. Determine the space you will need

This is one of the first aspects to consider before planting fruit trees at home. You must calculate the amount of space you have in the garden. If you have a very large patio, you can lean towards traditional orchards by planting apple trees, peaches or pears. On the contrary, if you have a small garden, the most convenient thing is that you sow dwarf trees as in the case of citrus fruits that do not take up much space and that you can even plant them in pots.

2. Pollination

In this case it is important that you consider choosing either a fruit tree that pollinates itself, that is, that includes male and female flowers on the same plant, or in your case plant two trees of different varieties so that the fruits obtain a cross-pollination. Peaches, citrus fruits, and nectarines are known to be fruit trees that pollinate themselves, while cross-pollinated plants include plums, pears, and apples.

3. Apples

The apple tree may be the best fruit tree for northern climates because they require a period of dormancy to grow, therefore this type of fruit trees is recommended for rainy and snowy climates.

4. Pears

Planting pear fruit trees at home is absolutely possible. Pears are fruits known to be very juicy and fleshy, plus they have a lot in common with apples as they have a core of small seeds, as well as a waiting period of four years. So, if the weather is good for apples, it will be good for pears too.

5. Peaches

It is possible to grow a peach tree from its seed, however this does not guarantee having a certain type of fruit. In addition to planting and storage, it will take more than three years for the tree to bear its first fruits.

6. Oranges

As with lemon and other citrus fruits, oranges grow better in warmer climates where they can get a lot of sun, plus they are not exposed to frost and other adverse climates.

Not only that, citrus fruits bloom all year round, so if you plant one of these trees in a container, you can take it inside the house and enjoy it throughout the winter.

7. Avocado

Although you can grow an avocado tree in a hole, you will most likely have to wait up to 15 years to enjoy this delicious fruit. Instead, you can try planting an avocado graft of a common variety.

Because avocados are trees native to subtropical areas, cold climates make it almost impossible for them to survive on the ground. While avocados do not also adapt to pots or containers as is the case with other plants, you can use a larger container and re-plant the tree at least every two years.

8. Cherries

If you want to harvest cherries you will have to plant two varieties very close to each other so that they pollinate each other. You should also consider having an area with temperatures between 5 to 9 degrees Celsius, in addition to taking care that the soil drains well and that there is a pH of between 6.0 to 6.8. It should have good air circulation and completely avoid frost for a long time.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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