How to Grow Fruit Trees in North Carolina

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Fruit trees can be successfully grown in North Carolina, provided the trees are a variety that can thrive in the climate. The following types of fruit trees can easily be grown in North Carolina: apple, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, plum, persimmon and nectarine. Once established, these fruit trees will produce a generous yield of fruit. The fruit is perfect for baking, canning, cooking, freezing and giving as gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Bucket (with holes in the side)
  • Newspaper
  • Shovel or post-hole digger

Purchase fruit trees in the spring. Dig a hole twice the size of the tree's container in a sunny location, at least 8 feet away from any other fruit trees.

Saturate the tree with water while it's in the original container.

Remove the tree from the container.

Place the tree in the hole and cover it with a mix of dirt and potting soil. Using the opposite end of the shovel, tamp the dirt around the tree to compact the soil.

Place newspaper in the bottom of a bucket with holes in the sides; the newspaper should cover the holes. Fill bucket with water.

Set bucket beside the tree, hole side nearest the tree. Remove the newspaper from the bottom of the bucket and allow water to leak onto the tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep fruit trees watered adequately during the summer months. Prune the fruit trees each year.
  • Remove buds from fruit trees for the first two years to prevent it from producing fruit. Allow the trees to yield fruit the third year, once the tree is well-established.
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