A Guide to Growing Fruit Trees
In the southern United States, where agriculture is a major industry, fruit trees and fruit basket cultivation are both important agricultural products. The produce from fruit trees is used for food, jams, jellies, juices and preserves; and the fruit baskets are used for gift giving or to decorate gift baskets. There are many different varieties of fruits trees grown in California. The greater the variety, the higher the quality in the produce. Here are some examples.
Plum trees produce tart-tarting cherries, grapefruits and Mandarin oranges. Hawaiian umbrella trees grow exotic varieties like hibiscus, orchids and plumeria. All of these trees can be used to develop delicious fruit baskets or simply displayed in your fruit tree garden.
Fruit trees that have a sweet taste to them are often called nectar-producing trees, because the sweet taste comes from the natural sugars in the fruits. This type of tree produces the most sugar when ripe. Sweet oranges, pears and apples are a prime example of nectar-producing fruit trees. The less sweet a fruit tree, the less it will grow in harvest. An example of a non-sweet tree is black currant, which has a very mild flavor.
Fruit trees should be planted in full sun. Be sure you allow them the space they need to grow so they don’t end up getting over-rioted. You should check the ground regularly to make sure there are no unwanted insects or pests, as many insects seek out fruit to eat.
When choosing fruit trees for your garden, pick ones that will grow fast. Some types of fruit trees, such as the crabapple, will produce their fruit sooner. Other fruity trees, such as pomegranates, have a longer growing period. If you don’t plan to have your fruit tree on your deck for very long, it may be best to choose one that will grow slowly.
Ask your local nursery about the kinds of pruning they use on their trees. Some growers prune their trees more often than others, especially if they specialize in producing specific types of fruit trees. Ask your dealer if he or she uses commercial-grade pruning scissors and branches. The quality of your tree’s foliage will also depend upon how frequently you trim it.
It’s important that you only get a reputable nursery to grow your fruit tree. Many backyard nurseries don’t do a very good job of either training their trees or providing the best soil, nutrients, and care for them. Some may even give you a poor variety of fruit trees. Don’t get swayed by low prices; you may not get what you’re paying for. Ask a lot of questions before you buy, and always look for customer testimonials online before buying.
When choosing a tree from a reputable nursery, be sure to pick out flowers and bushes that will grow best with each other. This will ensure that you’ll have the most success growing your fruit tree. Also find out if they give you any special training on how to care for the tree once it’s been planted and established. Most nurseries provide everything you need to get started, from tree planting to caring for your newly purchased specimen. Be sure to ask your dealer what kind of training they have for tree plantation and maintenance.
Once you’ve chosen a type of tree, you need to know how to care for it once it’s been planted. Most fruit trees will need some pruning in the first year, especially if it wasn’t pruned at all when it was grown in your garden. Baskets can be used to help prevent dead branches from falling to the ground. You should also remove dead flowers and branches every few weeks, as they rot and attract insects.
In addition, you should water your new tree every few weeks during the first year. After about a month, you can increase the frequency of watering. Fruit trees that are grown in containers will often need supplemental watering once a month or every other month as the tree grows. Make sure you know the type of soil your tree is grown in before you purchase it, or you could end up with a plant that doesn’t thrive because it doesn’t have the right amount of water or soil.
One of the best things about fruit trees is how quickly you can take care of them. Unlike many other plants or trees, fruit trees don’t grow very fast and you can usually get them trimming within a week or two. Since most fruit trees have an intense fruit season, pruning is minimal during this time. After pruning, you can give the tree a good clean, daily water treatment to keep the roots healthy and to ensure that the tree continues to grow strong. If you follow the proper care instructions for your specific fruit tree, you’ll be able to enjoy it for a long time.