Growing Fruit Trees
Anyone involved in growing fruit trees can do so easily. To grow conventional trees is not possible without suitable garden space; however, it is possible to grow dwarf fruit trees on your patio. Interested? Keep reading to find out what is needed to enjoy being able to do it out on the patio amidst a mini orchard.
The first step to growing patio fruit trees is to assess the space that is available. Apart from the space, the amount of shade and sunlight the place receives daily also needs to be considered. Growing fruit trees is a grand hobby and nothing compares to the pleasure of eating fruit out of one’s garden.
There is a wide range of special dwarf tree rootstalks available to the home gardener. It is no myth that the tiniest garden, balcony or patio can and does produce excellent fruit. With small trees, feeding, spraying, pruning, and harvesting become much simpler. A mini orchard can be set up to produce the fruit needed only for family use, or a little extra to give away to friends and family. The gardener gets to decide how much is sufficient.
How to Choose Fruit Tree Varieties?
Fruit varieties need to be selected based on the amount of sunlight the patio receives daily on an average. For example, apple trees require plenty of sunlight, and air circulation as well. Measure the space and the containers to decide as to how many fruit trees will fit on the patio without overcrowding.
Each fruit type will have several different varieties and glamourous sounding names. Stick to the common varieties; they taste just fine. It is easier to get popular varieties in rootstock form from gardening supply centers.
When buying the plants, check with the nursery about whether the plants will need pollinators or not. If they do, each variety will require at least one other variety fruit tree that is a suitable pollinator. There are self-fertile varieties as well, so make sure to ask.
Rootstocks and Forms
Fruit tree rootstocks are pruned in different ways to suit diverse growing spaces. Fan and espalier forms are the better choices when the growth is against a backdrop such as a wall or a fence. Freestanding plants will require bushes or standards and cordon form is ideal for making a hedge.
Find a reputed nursery for buying the patio fruit trees. Build a relationship with the nursery to benefit from tips and suggestions the experts can provide. Even when buying one fruit tree, buy from the same place. Select bare rootstalks; they are cheaper than the pot-grown options, more sturdy and available in a wider range of choices from specialty fruit-grower centers.