GROWING AND CARING FOR FRUIT TREES
Growing a fruit tree in your yard can be a fun and thrilling experience, but like with all plants or trees, it must be done properly in order to reap the desired results. On the other hand, successfully growing and caring for a fruit tree can be one of the most rewarding experiences you have in terms of gardening, especially since the benefits of your hard work and dedication can not only be seen or felt, but actually tasted as well. And, if you’ve ever tasted fruit straight from the vine before, you know that fruit purchased commercially simply does not compare.
Your first decision in purchasing a fruit tree will be deciding what kind of fruit tree you would like to grow. While you may be apt to simply pick your favorite fruit and go with it, it’s always a good idea to do some research before choosing. Not all types of fruit trees are suitable for every climate, and in a climate that stays hot year round like South Florida, special considerations must be made. You also must take into account the size of your yard and the allotted space you have set aside for your fruit tree. Some varieties of fruit tree can grow to be quite large, and you must make sure you have the space for potential future growth.
Though all fruit trees are different, you should generally allow for the following conditions:
- Placement that allows for at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
- Placement at least three feet from pavement and six feet from any buildings.
- If growing multiple fruit trees, allow for at least ten feet of space between trees.
Once you have planted your new fruit tree, pay special attention to its care, as fruit trees are notorious to failure if not nurtured properly. There are no “one size fits all” rules when it comes to caring for fruit trees, so make sure that you have done the proper research and know what your specific varietal requires in order to flourish. First and foremost, ensure that your tree is getting enough water, but also take action to make sure that you are making the most out of the water your tree is given by placing mulch over the soil. You’ll also need to make sure that you fertilize your tree with the appropriate fertilizers for its varietal, as well as apply any pesticides when necessary. Lastly, like with any tree or plant, you’ll need to prune your tree regularly in order to clear away dead or damaged branches and make room for new and vibrant growth.
At Shell Lumber & Hardware, all of our fruit trees are grown organically and are already producing fruit before they even leave our store with you. This practice ensures that they are ready to transplant immediately, and that you can start enjoying your new tree’s fruit almost as soon as it is planted. For more information on growing fruit trees, or for general lawn and garden care in Florida, give the experts at our garden center a call at (305) 856-6401, or visit us in person anytime.