Fruit trees thrive in the home landscape when planted correctly. To ensure healthy growth and maximum fruit production, keep critical planting requirements in mind.
There are many home garden fruit trees. Some deciduous types are apple, pear, plum, apricot, fig, peach, nectarine and cherry. Evergreen selections include semi-tropical and tropical trees such as citrus, banana, lychee, mango, papaya, passion fruit and guava.
Plant fruit trees in early spring once the ground has thawed and is no longer waterlogged.
Locate fruit trees in a minimum of six hours of sun a day. Soil should be well-draining and provide at least 18 inches of topsoil above the hardpan. Plant in raised beds if such conditions don't exist.
Dig the planting hole the depth of the root-ball and at least twice as wide. Don't dig the soil at the bottom of the hole because this may cause the tree to sink after planting.
Trim off damaged roots. Place the root-ball in the planting hole so the mound above the roots (bud union) is 2 to 4 inches above the soil surface. Backfill with excavated soil and firmly pat down as you go until the bud union is 1 to 2 inches above ground. Water thoroughly.
- University of California: Fruit Trees-Planting and Care of Young Trees
- University of Maine: Planting and Early Care of Fruit Trees
- Virginia Cooperative Extension: Tree Fruit in the Home Garden
- University of Florida IFAS: Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Crops for the Home Landscape-Alternatives to Citrus
- Photo Credit over-laden fruit tree image by Alfonso d'Agostino from Fotolia.com
How to Grow Fruit Trees
This article covers all the basics you need to know for selecting the right types of fruit trees for your home and...
How to Select Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is native to South America, but is becoming more widely grown due to a recent increase in demand. Despite that...
Cons of Planting Arborvitae Trees
Arborvitae is a common shrub that is hardy to USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 7. It has dense growth and makes...