How To Care For Fruit Trees Indoors and Outdoors

After these past two years you may have realized how much we actually rely on grocery stores to provide us with our essentials and commodities, especially food. The pandemic has caused a shift in many peoples mentalities, especially when it comes to where we get our food and the quality of that food. The best way to stop this reliance is to start your own garden at your home. It is surprisingly easy, just a bit of work and commitment. Some people view having a garden as a daunting task, but it's really not that bad, and there are so many perks that outweigh the negatives. The perks being less reliance on grocery stores for food, the satisfaction of growing your own food, the beautiful environment (and aroma) you bring to your home, watching the growth of the tree and fruits, and finally the fact that it is a long term investment and will bear fruit for years to come! A main staple to a garden are fruit trees and bushes - of course. Fruit trees and bushes are very generous with the amount of fruit its actually bearing, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Want to grow some fruit in your garden? If you don't have a "green thumb" thats fine! Here are some plant care tips to get you started with your fruit trees and bushes!
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TIPS FOR GROWING FRUIT TREES OUTDOORS

1. Inspect for insects or any signs of disease regularly. 

Be sure to inspect regularly to make sure your tree isn't diseased or dying. This could spread to other plants in your garden, or affect you if you eat its fruit. Always be on the lookout for insects or spots/growths on the stems and leaves.
 

2. Water deeply and infrequently rather than shallow and frequently. 

A general guideline for watering any plant is to consistently check the soil and to water as needed. Getting on a set schedule based on days passing is good, but the environmental conditions may change, changing the moisture levels in the soil. This is why it is best to check the soil and determine if it needs water, rather than blindly water because its Friday today and thats when you water. Watering too much can lead to a build-up of moisture and will promote the growth of harmful fungus, leading to root rot. Though if you wanted  a general timeframe, it would be to water about every 1-2 weeks. 

3. Remember to mulch and fertilize. 

Mulch helps conserve water (by absorbing and releasing once its dry), it provides organic matter/nutrients to the plants and helps the control of weeds. To mulch you want to cover the dirt with a layer of mulch 2-3 in. thick to provide the ideal environment. 
Next, you want to fertilize by adding compost around the base, a few inches away from the trunk of the tree/bush. Organic fertilizer is best to use, but there are man-made, chemical based, fertilizers that will work as well. 

4. Plant in yard where they will get 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. 

Be sure to research your plant and find out the specific amount of sunlight and type of sunlight it needs! When planting, dig a hole twice as wide and no deeper than the plant is. Be sure that you don't bury over the graft line, leave this sticking out of the soil. Be sure to keep an eye on the graft line and if anything grows below it, prune it off. 

5. Use stakes to support your young trees. 

This is pretty much self-explanatory. Providing support to young trees is ideal for them to grow to be strong trees in the future. Simply take 3 stakes and set them in a triangle, this provides the most support. 
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TIPS FOR GROWING FRUIT TREES INDOORS

Before we get started with the tips, it is good to know that all fruit trees can be grown indoors, but there are some conditions that must be met for certain types of fruit trees. Citrus fruit trees, or subtropical fruit trees, that prefer high humidity and warmer temperatures are great for indoors. Temperate fruit trees such as cherries and apples prefer cooler temperatures and must go through a "winter chill" period to bear fruit as well as the fact that they grow so big, so these are best suited for outdoors. Dwarf versions of temperate fruit trees are best suited for an indoor garden. 

1. They need LOTS of bright indirect - direct sunlight. 

You can also aid in the growth by adding a grow lamp near the plant 

2. Follow the same watering advice as above.

Water deeply and infrequently and consistently check the moisture of the soil. We recommend buying a moisture meter stick to keep an eye on the levels of the soil. 

3. Move outside during warm weather.

In the hot summer months your fruit trees will appreciate being outside. You can keep them on a cart with wheels to make it easier to bring in and out. Just remember to acclimate them over the span of a few weeks before taking them outside. This ensures that the plant doesn't go into shock once taken outside. If you want more information regarding acclimation and moving your plants outside, we have another blog post about that!

4. Use tree-specific fertilizer.

There are different types of fruits, and for every type of fruit they need different things. Even different varieties of the same species need different types of nutrients to thrive. Be sure to research the specific needs of your fruit trees before fertilizing! Also don't forget to fertilize when you water so it gets a good soaking of those nutrients. 

5. Remember to "stop and smell the roses". 

Growing fruit trees and bearing fruit takes a long time, so be patient and appreciate the process! And once in bloom they will make your home smell beautiful!

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OUR STOCK OF FRUITING TREES/BUSHES

Here at Grande Plants we have a growing variety of fruit trees and bushes, check them out: 

ONES THAT CAN GO INDOORS 

(Remember all dwarf varieties of fruiting trees will grow indoors in the right conditions)

CALAMONDIN TREE

DWARF CITRUS' 

(Lemon, Lime, Calamondin)

WE ALSO OFFER:

Cherry Trees

Apple Trees

Pear Trees

Meyer Lemon/Lime Trees

Calamondin Trees 

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 If you're now sold on the idea of growing your own fruit, head on over to our home page to start your search for the fruit of your liking! If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment down below! Subscribe for more content like this!

 


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