Fruits

Rainfed fruit trees: the solution to water scarcity

 

The fact that we have less rainfall or lack of water in large excesses does not mean that we have to give up the cultivation of plants and fruit trees. It is clear that water is an increasingly scarce resource, but you should know that there are certain fruit trees called rain-fed fruit trees and that they are very appropriate for day-to-day life without too much water.

The Mediterranean flora is one of the most resistant to water scarcity since it supports high temperatures and resists long periods of time without any type of irrigation . In any case, given the scarcity of rainfall in a given area, it is highly recommended to use the drip irrigation system: it will not use large amounts of water and will keep our fruit trees with the necessary humidity to continue growing and producing fruit.

Some of the fruit trees that are most resistant to semi-arid climates are the plum and the persimmon , which can be combined with other species of trees that are also very resistant to lack of water: conifers, acacias, olive trees , elms or cedars.

Rainfed fruit trees: the plum tree

The plum tree is a dryland fruit tree that is very easy to grow. It is native to the Caucasus and Persia and reaches a height of 6 meters. It resists low temperatures despite flowering very early and is ideal for semi-arid climates with little water. It is, basically, the perfect fruit tree for almost any climate , although we must emphasize that its ideal climate is temperate.

Rainfed fruit trees are resistant tree species that not only withstand water scarcity and hot climates well, but also usually withstand cold and humidity without any problem thanks to the shape of their branches and roots. In any case, rainfed fruit trees also need water, to a greater or lesser extent, so you should not neglect them for long periods of 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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