Almonds are stone fruits, related to peaches, plums, and cherries. They were brought to California by the Franciscans in the mid-1700s. Today, California is the world’s leading producer of almonds.
Almond trees start producing fruit when they’re 3 or 4 years old, but don’t reach maximum production until they’re 6 or 7 years old. An almond tree can bear fruit for more than 50 years.
Almonds aren’t self-fertile and need other almond tree varieties nearby in order to produce fruit. Honeybees transfer pollen between the trees, and beehives are placed in orchards to help with pollination.
Almond trees do best in well-drained soil that isn’t salty. Fertilization isn’t necessary, as long as they grow 8 to 15 inches per year. In order to produce good fruit, they need hot summers and cool winters where the temperature doesn’t fall below zero.
- Photo Credit Maria Teijeiro/Lifesize/Getty Images
How Long Does It Take for an Avocado Tree to Produce?
An avocado is a delicious and nutritious fruit. One avocado, without its skin and seed, has 227 calories and 9g of fiber....
How to Grow an Almond Tree
The almond tree is in the prunus family just like the peach, apricot and plum. These are all called 'stone' fruits since...
How Long Does It Take a Lime Tree to Bloom & Fruit?
Lime trees grow in USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10. Grafted citrus trees generally bloom and develop fruit at an earlier age...