When it comes to gardening, there are no limits. From shrubs to flowering plants to fruit bearing vines and trees, a gardener can grow anything provided he has the right amount of dedication. Fruit gardening demands more care and caution than other types of gardening. However, it certainly is satisfying to see the trees planted with one own hands bear fruit. Fruit bearing plants and trees bring an instant aura of joy and color to a garden and add life to any gardening patch. Moreover, having fresh produce to toss in salads or to make pies out of is always a delight. Store bought fruits can never deliver the kind of freshness, richness and juiciness that fresh fruits have to offer. Therefore, not only gardener’s benefit from home grown fruit trees but home cooks also benefit from such trees a lot. Having one’s own fruit produce is also a great way to cut back some of the bills from the grocery store.
There are a lot of options to choose from once you look up fruit bearing plants to plant in your garden. It is also important to note that different fruit bearing plants require very different climatic conditions. Moreover, different fruit trees have varying demands with regard to soil type, required space and watering. To make the selection process easier for you, we have featured some famous and gardener friendly fruit varieties below.
Apple trees are suitable for plantation in pots or containers as well as in a home garden. Their particularly beautiful spring flowers have the power to transform any garden into a miniature breath-taking scenery. For containers, dwarf type apple trees are recommended. Apple flowers require cross pollination. Therefore, do some research about the compatibility between different apple tree varieties. All that apple trees demand for a gardener is that he pick the right spot to plant them. Apple trees thrive in areas where they receive maximum sunlight and the soil is moist and well-drained.
Plums are easy to grow and their compact size and produce nature makes them ideal to grow in small backyard orchards. Plum fruit doesn’t take a long time to ripen and you can have your first batch of produce ready within two weeks of the start of the season. The plum fruit tree bears enough fruit for you to enjoy throughout the season without causing any storage problems. To make things further convenient, choose the “Opal” variety which is self-fertile. Plums trees thrive when they receive maximum sunlight and are planted in an area having well-drained sandy soil with pH from 5.5 to 6.5.
Apart from the deliciousness of the cherry fruit, the cherry tree itself is a work of art. The cherry blossoms can make any garden patch look elegant. Sour cherries and “Compact Stella” are particularly recommended for home gardeners owing to their self-fertilizing nature. The only thing that is going to cause some problems are hungry birds looking to grab a bite of cherry fruit. Cherry trees do well when planted in well-drained soil.
Who does not love peaches? The peach tree varieties are mostly self-fertilizing and the fruit is an absolute feast for the taste buds. Not to mention the color and freshness that comes to a garden patch by planting a peach tree. For colder regions, smaller and compact peach trees are also available that can be grown in containers. Peach trees prefer a sandy soil with a pH of around 6.5. The trees do well when the soil is well-drained while poor soil drainage can destroy the root system of a peach plant.
Pear trees add a certain charm to any home garden and the fruit is exceptional in taste. For home gardens, dwarf pears are recommended because their trees are easier to manage and do not take up a whole lot of space. To get a thriving produce, plant a number of pear trees to allow for cross pollination. Pear trees thrive when they receive maximum sunlight and are planted in well-drained sandy soil which may even be loamy.
Nothing can beat the richness and freshness of a fresh apricot. Plant an apricot tree in your garden to see the difference between fresh and store-bought apricots yourself. Apricot tree other than producing amazing fruit, adds a certain beauty to any garden that it is grown in. Some apricot tree varieties are self-pollinating but most require neighbors for cross pollination.
Calamondin is a citrus tree featuring a sweet peel with a tarty flesh which is white in color. Owing to the small size, calamondin tree is usually grown in containers. The calamondin tree can bear cold temperatures up to 20°F. The tree itself is an absolute delight flaunting deep green leaves and white flowers.
Figs are self-pollinating, can be grown in containers and demand very less. In short, the fig tree is any gardeners dream plant. Figs in some cases require pruning to control height but there are dwarf varieties available that eliminate this need as well. Fig trees prefer well-drained soil with pH range of 6 to 6.5. The trees need maximum sunlight and plenty of organic matter for healthy growth.
Lemons have a gazillion uses in any home kitchen; from cocktails to pies, lemons find their use almost anywhere. Therefore, the lemon plant should be a vital part of any home garden. Select varieties like the “Improved Meyer” to get a lemon supply that lasts around 8 months on the tree. With some effort, lemons can be made to thrive in colder regions as well.
Persimmon fruit is referred to as “the fruit of Gods” which is enough reason in itself to grow on in your very own garden. Persimmon fruit turn deep orange when ripe while the leaves allow for a spectacular show in the fall with their striking fiery hues. Persimmons also have dwarf varieties available to cater for the space constraint in a garden. The Persimmon tree however, requires a neighbor to cross-pollinate as it does not have the capability to self-pollinate.