Buying Fruit Trees

Common Questions

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1.) Do I need two plants to get Fruits? 

 

Yes and no, it depends on what type of plant you buy.

 

Fruit trees fit into the following categories:

 

  1. Self-Pollinating — Trees that do not need another to complete the pollination process. Most mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pomegranate and cherries are typical examples of self-pollinating trees.

  2. Requiring a Pollinator (You need two trees) — Trees that need to be pollinated by another variety of tree. Most apples, pears, plums and kiwi are typical examples of this type of tree.

 

A fruit tree that is self- pollinating will fruit when planted alone but will bear more fruit when planted with another variety. Also, planting two or more varieties will ensure that trees consistently bear fruit.

 

Ultimately, self-pollinating trees you DO NOT need two plants to get fruits.  

Non-self-pollinating trees you DO need two plants of a tree to bear fruits. 

                                                                                                                                           

2.) Can fruit trees be planted in containers?

Yes, you can plant fruit trees in containers, many types of fruit trees will thrive in containers.

This give you the opportunity of growing trees in a small space, but there are some downsides. 

If you plant a fruit tree in a container, here are two drawbacks. 

1.) The overall size of the tree will be much smaller because the root system doesn’t have the space to grow outward. 

2.) You won’t see the same amount of fruit production in a container. 

Ultimately, if you have limited or no space, or just want something for your patio, you should try growing your fruit trees in containers

3.) Where should I plant my tree?

 

Planting in a good location can extend the lifespan of trees and enhance their ability to bear fruit. 

 

Choose a planting location with the following:

  1. Full sun, fruit trees need a minimum of 8 hours of sunlight daily to produce fruit. 

    1. Fruit trees are most productive when in full sun. In order for the tree to flower and grow fruit, it requires sunlight.

 

  1. Well-drained soil.

  2. Soil pH from 6.0 to 7.5.

  3. Protect from strong winds. 

    1. To protect small plants from wind and storms, cover them with cloches. To protect tall plants from wind and storms, tie them to stakes, cages, or trellises.