If you ask any gardener, they will tell you that tending to your own garden of fruit trees can be extremely satisfying and feel very rewarding. Not only is it a pleasure to watch and wait for your plants grow into a mature fruit tree, it also very fulfilling to start eating any fruit and vegetables that started out with just a seed. Eating fresh fruit is healthy and nutritious for our body, but oftentimes we tend to not eat them on a regular basis due to fact that they could get very expensive at the market or the grocery depending on the season. Initially, planting fruit trees are more expensive than buying the fruit itself from the grocery, but think of it like an investment of your money and time. Once you have a full grown tree, you will be able to start seeing a return on investment for your hard work. In the long run, it will definitely save you tons of money, and at the same time you can control whether or not you would be using pesticides on your fruit trees making your home-grown organic fruits much more healthier.
Growing a fruit tree takes a lot of patience, and in the process you might give up, or lose interest along the way. Whether it may be you wanting to add more servings of fruit to your daily diet, or just grow a few trees to save money on your weekly grocery bill, you will need to make sure that you tend to your fruit trees until you taste the first fruit that grows from it. David from Fairfield County Tree Service, from Wilton, CT has always told me that watching a tree bloom for that first time in the season is his favorite part of the whole process. He knows that his hard work and dedication to what he loves to do best has brought more beauty into this world. He tells me that almost every flower will become a delicious treat and that is his greatest reward in the whole process. Taking care of your fruit trees is always worth the wait and will continue to reward you continuously throughout it’s lifetime. With our 3 step guide, we hope that you we can inform you well enough before taking on the task of planting and caring for your very own fruit tree.
Pollination is essential to fruiting for trees
Majority of gardeners usually plant trees just improving the landscape of your home or property. If you really want to be serious about growing a tree that can bear fruit, you will need to keep in mind that pollination is the best way to achieve this. Otherwise, you will be left with a tree with just their flowers. To pollinate trees, you will need to draw in as many bees, birds, and other pollinators to successfully see fruiting from your tree. Although there are trees that can self-pollinate such as peach trees, citrus tree, and nectarine trees, your selection of trees could be very limited to these few species only. Meanwhile, there are also other self-pollinating trees that would need to be beside each other for it to start fruiting such as apple trees, pear trees, and plum trees.
To be fully efficient on making your backyard or farm pollinator-friendly, it is important to take all the available approaches possible. First, you will need to remove harmful elements that could keep pollinators such as bees and birds away from your fruit trees. These harmful elements could include the loss of habitat, harmful pesticides, and specific threats that these pollinators tend to avoid. After making sure that your yard is free of these harmful elements towards pollinators, you can apply some tips and tricks to start attracting them towards your garden or farm. One good example would be to add in plants that are in bloom during all seasons of the year and adding in more flowers beds can definitely help increase pollination, which would make the process of fruiting much quicker. If you want to put in ever more time and effort into attracting more pollinators to your plants and trees, you can place plants which are native or familiar to the pollinators of your area, which should help increase your number of visitors even more.
Finding time during the seasons to plant fruit trees
Not all species of fruit trees are growable through out the difference seasons of the year. If you are planning to cultivate your own fruit tree, you must first know the proper planting time which is essential when it comes to successfully growing your very own fruit tree. If you plant specific fruit trees too close the “ber” months or winter time, there is a good chance your tree would die of the cold temperature before it could even start fruiting. Another issue that might occur is that fruit trees during the summer have a chance to be drier, which would hinder your fruit tree’s growing due to the lack of available water in the soil.
No matter which fruit trees you are planning to cultivate, knowing the proper planting time for each tree is essential. If you plant certain fruit trees too close to the winter time, you risk the cold temperature frost killing it before it has a chance to establish itself and start fruiting. If you plant certain fruit trees too close to the summer, you chance that the developing roots may not have a chance to soak up enough water that is critical to their growth and development.
Care that you might need to administer to different types of fruit trees
Every species of fruit trees might come along with its own set of needs and instructions for it to grow and start fruiting. Throughout a fruit trees lifespan, you will need to pay attention to the following processes such as watering, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, protecting it from pests and diseasing, and other tasks that it would require for maintenance. By paying close attention to every specific need for each species of tree, you will be able to start harvesting the fruits from your garden much sooner that you think.
To begin, soaking, storing, and finally planting a peach pit is just the start to the three years that you will have to wait before your peach tree starts producing any fruit that is worth picking. Aside from the long wait, growing your very own tree from a peach pit only has one other issue. With using the pit from store bough peaches, there is no way of knowing that you will be growing a particular breed of peach that is native to your area. Oftentimes, peach trees love mild temperatures, and will fruit even more if you only have self-pollinating plan in your garden. Once you have all of this down on your checklist, you will finally be able to take a unforgettable bite on the first peach from your tree after patiently waiting three long years for it to grow fully.
The great thing about cherry trees is that it doesn’t need pollination to still produce fruit. Specifically, sour cherry trees can self pollinate on their own, but if you want to grow sweet red cherries that we are familiar with, you will to have at least two varieties of cherry trees planted in parallel to each other, so that they can be cross-pollinated. Planting and growing cherry trees could be easy and rewarding if you’re located in a place where there’s a lot of sunshine and well-draining soil.
Apples love the colder climate, and they need the break of a dormant season to start fruiting at their fullest capacity. This climate may include rainy seasons and snowy winters, but they don’t feel nearly as inconvenient and gloomy when you own apple trees, as every dormant season will result in a harvest increase of apples. If you grow your apples from seeds, you will need to have patience while you wait for your apple trees to start fruiting. On average, most species of apple trees will need at least four years to grow before any fruit is produced and ready for consumption.
Sweet oranges can be one of the prettiest fruit trees you can grow in your garden or farm. Like all the other citrus fruit favorites, oranges love warm climates with lots of exposure to sunlight, and climates that don’t experience any snow or frost. Although, citrus trees can be grown in a slightly cooler climate, you might need to have the room to move them indoors or to a greenhouse during the winter, so that they can survive the cold harsh weather. Considering the beautiful contrast of colors that orange trees can bring to your garden, choosing to grow citrus trees such as sweet oranges will definitely yield you with fruits all year round.
Similar to the climate of apple trees, pears will thrive in the same environment as them. Pears are similar to apples in many ways such as they produce a core of small seeds including a four-year wait before they start fruiting. However, pears are some of Connecticut Tree Removal’s personal favorites, so they definitely think that wait 4 years for it is definitely worth the wait. Once the four-year growing period is over, you can expect a lot of pears from the tree you’ve been caring to over the years. Not only will a pear tree give you enough fruits on your table when it does start producing them, it will also produce enough pears to give as presents to your family and friends.