How to Plant a Fruit Tree

Looking for a new edition to your yard? Planting a fruit tree can be a great way to improve the appearance of your property and cultivate sweet and tasty treats. Here are some simple guidelines that will help you grow great fruit trees and enjoy its benefits.

Nothing beats being able to pick a tree-ripened peach from your own backyard fruit tree. Unlike the rock-hard specimens found at the store, homegrown peaches, plums and nectarines can be picked when they are perfectly ripe, bursting with sweet and tangy flavor.

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I caught up with fruit tree expert Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery, in California, to discuss the basics of backyard orchard culture, including how to choose a fruit tree well-suited for your region, plant it to thrive for years and set up a backyard orchard so you’ll be harvesting fruit from May to November.

Types of fruit trees this applies to: Apple, apricot, Asian pear, cherry, fig, mulberry, nectarine, peach, pear, persimmon, plum, pluot and quince. The same planting advice applies to citrus trees, but their care is different — they’re heavy nitrogen feeders and need frequent doses of fertilizer to grow well.

Why: To enjoy sun-ripened fruit from your own backyard.

It’s a good project for you if: You have a medium-size site in your yard (about 8 to 10 square feet, or 0.7 to 0.9 square meters) with full sun, and you have time for pruning once or twice a year.

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