A fruit tree is a welcome addition to any yard or landscape. Cherry, peach, plum and apple are all popular choices for fruit tree growing but, thanks to Johnny Appleseed, apple trees are probably the most common type of fruit tree across North America. Most types of apple trees tend to thrive in many regions regardless of the winter temperature. Although temperate hybrids are available, peach, plum and cherry trees usually thrive best in areas that experience mild winter conditions.
Before you purchase a fruit tree, consider what you have to offer the tree as well as what it may offer you. Will your favorite fruit tree do well in your location? Do you have the right type of soil for your chosen tree? What about climate? Is your weather appropriate for growing your favorite fruit?
Gurneys has a great variety of fruit trees of amazing quality. The can also supply you with most of your small fruit garden needs.
Once you select the type of fruit tree to grow, you'll need to determine where and when to plant it. For instance, apple trees do best when planted in late autumn before the ground freezes.
Plant your tree firmly, compacting the soil tightly around its roots. Water the tree and mulch over the roots to maintain the moisture. Your tree will use the moisture to help it survive the chills of winter.
Once your tree is established and growing, you'll need to acquire some pruning tools. Generally, you'll prune your fruit trees in late winter before they begin to bud. Apple trees, for example, are winter-pruned trees. You'll prune new shoots down to about two buds. During the first few years of growth, you'll also need to trim leader branches by a third.
However, every variety of fruit tree has different pruning requirements, specific to not only its type of fruit, but often to the cultivar you plant. Although growing fruit trees takes some research and effort, growing fruit trees is rewarding as you watch the tree grow larger and produce delicious fruit for years to come.
As well as outdoor fruit trees, growing fruit trees indoors can be an aesthetic treat for the greenhouse or the indoor gardener. Many indoor gardeners enjoy growing small lemon or orange trees and several varieties of fig trees (Ficus) are a common sight in many households. Pineapple and banana trees lend a touch of the tropics and brighten up the wintertime blues with their vibrant green foliage.