Tips for Ordering Fruit Trees

There has to be something special about being able to go outside in your landscape and pick a few apples, peaches, cherries or even pears off of your own fruit tree. Yes, it is possible to have your own fruit trees in your landscape -- and it's not difficult.

First, you need to determine what fruit you want. Certainly, apples will give you a more consistent harvest each year, say than peaches. In this area, you can expect about a good peach crop say every 2-3 years.

Make sure you know for what purpose you want the particular fruit. For example, if you want apples for pies, you don't want to plant red delicious or Lodi.

Then, there is the whole aspect of size of tree. Many fruit trees come in different sizes. There is the ever growing tall "standard tree" that will take a step ladder to harvest in just a few years. There is also the "semi-dwarf" that gets big, but is very manageable to grow and harvest. There are the dwarf trees that are very manageable to grow and you can pick fruit from the ground.

Don't forget to check to see if that particular fruit tree needs another variety to help with pollination.

Don't forget that now is the time to order your fruit trees from your favorite nursery, either locally or in your favorite catalog. Be careful when buying apple trees locally rather than ordering. By ordering from a catalog, you can get the variety you want, you can have them delivered at a certain time. You can even order the size of tree, as well as the root stock, so it adapts to your soil conditions back home.


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