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A Short Guide To Growing Your Own Fruit Tree

Apr 16, 2008
The thought of one day owning my own house with a nice garden is a distant dream, much less thinking about growing my own fruit trees in my nice garden. For many people doing the gardening is either a chore or a relaxing light exercise to get involved with during the day. Growing a tree is a process that requires a lot of attention and patience. For those wanting to grow their own fruit tree for the first time will need to research more about the work involved with maintaining a healthy tree.

Choosing to grow fruit trees do take time to see them blossom and do require more attention. There are however, many different types of trees to choose from, which one is the right one is based purely on your own preferences to the kind of fruit tree you would like to grow. You will also have to consider the climate in this country, so if you are thinking of growing a fruit that requires plenty of sunlight and warmth then you are not going to be successful in growing this kind of fruit tree.

The best kinds of fruit trees to grow are things like apples, pears or any stoned fruits. Growing an apple tree would be a good start, as the British weather is perfect for growing good quality apples. To begin with, you will need to select the right sized apple to produce the taste that you desire. Consider what size tree will suit your garden, having a large tree grows and spread across a small garden will fill and cover the garden. The size of the tree is also dependent upon the rootstock.

The second most important thing to consider when growing an apple tree is the kind of apple you want to grow. Whether you prefer to grow dessert types or more acidic apples for cooking, these tend to be larger. This is all down to your own preference, there are different types of apples such as acidic, sweet, soft, hard, crisp and long lasting apples, and therefore it all depends on what you will be using the apples for.

You will need to make sure your garden has enough space to grow two trees, which means this will grow enough apples to feed a family of four. Apple trees are not self-contained and need another tree of a different variety to persuade it to bear fruits. Most apples need the pollen from other apples trees to grow so planting a crab apple tree will ensure that the pollination process will produce a good result for more apples.

You will also need to consider the drainage, as some apple trees grow better with specific soil types such as sandy loam rather than sandy clay. Apple trees also grow best with a lot of sunlight, but also develop during the winter periods, so you must make sure you have situated the apple tree in a bright spot where it will gain lots of sunlight.

With any fruit trees, you need to consider the maintenance and the length of time it will take to get the results you need. Purchasing disease resistant trees, this will make the maintenance of each tree relatively easy. You will also need to know the kind of soil you want to grow your tree on. If there is one thing that needs to be remembered is that you do not need a huge amount of space to grow and cultivate your own fruit tree. It is possible to grow one in the comfort of your own garden, as long as you have taken the right basic steps before beginning the planting process.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on growing fruit trees, having spent some time growing her own apple and plum tree.
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