Fruit Salad – DIY – Grow Your Own Fruit At Home

There is a Fruit tree for every home gardener.
Dwarf trees grow 7-8 feet wide(across) and 8-10 feet tall.
Semi-dwarf trees can be expected to be 8-10 feet wide(across) and 15-20 feet tall.
Standard trees vary but range from 10-25 feet wide(across) and can reach 40-50 feet tall.
Select your tree(s) by size, self-pollinated or is a pollinator tree required, USDA zone hardiness and it’s chill hour requirement.
Grin .. don’t plant figs if what you really like is cherry pie.

List of Fruit Varieties for Milder Climates by Andrew Mariani.

No matter where you live, now is a good time to develop your plan to plant fruit, nut trees and grapes. Whether they be bagged in burlap, potted or bare root.
Carefully follow planting guides for planting your trees.
General guidelines: Dig a hole 2 times as wide and deep as your tree’s root ball.
Take a little extra care and be sure your new tree is setting straight up and not leaning off to one side.
Caution: Do Not Plant your new tree too deep! Plant it at the same depth as it was in the field (if bare root) or if potted or bagged, no deeper than the top of the bag or pot it is currently in.

Home gardeners have killed many more trees and shrubs planting them to deep than have ever been killed planting them to shallow. If planted to deep, they may look fine for the first year or two, but suddenly without apparent cause die.
In this case you have wasted your money and two or three years of your time and effort on an easily avoided problem. Keep the trees crown at or above the soil line when planting!

Winter watering is every bit as important as summer watering. To the eye that new tree is totally dormant needing little care through winter months. That is a very wrong assumption, trees continue to grow and develop their root systems all winter to support all that new growth, flowering and fruit appearing in spring and summer.

Winter Chilling hour requirements for fruit and nut trees.
Fruit tree chilling hours requirements, A Crash Course
In the simplest terms 1 chilling hour is when the temperature is warmer than 32 degrees and cooler than 45 degrees. There are other factors that you should also consider. {see: Fruit tree chilling hours requirements, A Crash Course} link above. Fruit trees chilling hour requirements vary greatly between fruit type and even between species of the same fruit / nut tree species.

Hint: In fall, deciduous fruit trees lose their leaves and enter a dormant state in order to survive winter. To end dormancy, bloom and set fruit they require a certain amount of winter cold (their “chilling requirement”) followed by a certain amount of heat. Chilling requirements vary widely among varieties.

Fruit varieties with chilling requirements much lower than received at the planting location may end dormancy and bloom too early, subjecting tree, bloom and fruit to freeze damage. Conversely, varieties with chilling requirements much higher than received will suffer delayed, weak leafing and blooming and will not fruit satisfactorily.

A safe bet is to plant the same type and variety trees you see in your area that reliably produce good fruit crops every year.
Don’t be Shy, ask other growers what species and variety do well for them.

Don’t be foolish and plant Orange trees in Montana and act surprised when they fail to produce fruit and are killed by harsh winter temperatures.

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2 responses to “Fruit Salad – DIY – Grow Your Own Fruit At Home

  1. Mrs Turnstone bought me an apricot tree 15 years ago, thinking it would be a dwarf. I’m planning on installing a tree house for our grandson …

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