Fruit Tree Farm

Many gardeners decide to plant a fruit tree in their home landscape. Before planting fruit bushes & trees, there are several things to consider. The first is what type of fruit tree to plant. It is best to plant a fruit tree that is local to the region, and matches the soil conditions. It is also important to understand that many fruit trees do not self-pollinate. For this reason, more than one fruit tree must often be grown. Once the type of fruit tree is decided, the actual tree must be chosen. Most fruit trees are sold bare root, meaning their roots are exposed. It is best to plant a fruit tree with a strong straight stem, which will provide the best support. Planting fruit trees with low branches will hinder the growing abilities and can encourage pests.

Fruit Tree

Planting fruit trees should always be done in soil that drains properly. Dig the hole, which should be nearly two feet deep and wide enough to support the entire root system. The next step to planting fruit trees is to make a mound of soil in the center of the hole. The roots should be spread out evenly over this mound, with the location of the graft a few inches above the soil. Planting fruit trees with the graft underground can cause the tree to grow roots from the scion, and this will be very detrimental to the health of the tree. Once the roots have been spread out evenly, the soil should be replaced and pressed down firmly. Leaving air in the soil after planting fruit trees will cause problems as the tree matures. Water should be applied thoroughly, and the tree should be staked, to support it while the roots take hold.