Love the idea of picking apples in your own backyard? Here are are the six best fruit trees you can plant in your home garden.
Fruit trees aren't just for people with acres and acres of land. Dwarf and hybrid varieties are perfect for home gardens, but you have to get started soon; spring is the perfect time to plant!
If you're wanting to plant any fruit trees in your garden, make sure you plant the trees that'll thrive in your zone—your plant hardiness zone, that is. First, you'll want to figure out what zone you live in and then you can find the best plants from there. Check out this map from the USDA:
Below, we've listed just a few of our favorite types of fruit trees that'll be the perfect addition to your backyard or garden. But please note that this list is not extensive and there's a wide variety of trees you can plant based on your region/zone.
This classic pear will be positively dripping with fruit once established. My neighbor has one and is constantly giving them away every fall. Pear trees can grow quite tall so you'll need to keep on top of pruning it.
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This is the industry standard of yellow peaches. The dwarf variety won't grow much taller than five feet, so it's perfect for vertically challenged gardeners or small yards. The flowers are a beautiful pink in the spring, and your peach production will be exponential after the first year or two.
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Belle of Georgia Peach
If you love white peaches, this is the variety for you. You'll find it widely at local hardware stores.
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Hardy Chicago or Brown Turkey Fig
Plant a fig close to a shed, a large bush, or something that will give it winter protection. Lucky for you, these are also the most common varieties and you should find them easily at your local garden center.
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Gorgeous red Liberty apples are especially cool because you don't find them in stores. Give your new tree plenty of space and watch it stretch toward the sky each year. Once you taste your own fresh apples, you'll probably want to plant another one!
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Regardless of where you buy your new fruit trees, analyze your yard for the best placement in regards to sun, security, and proximity to the house. You don't want a big root system messing with your pipes!
Once the ground is warm enough to work, dig a hole almost two times bigger than the root ball of your potted tree. Fill the bottom of the hole with a few inches of coconut coir to encourage healthy rooting. Here is a great article on the nuts and bolts of spring plantings.
Do you have fruit trees in your garden? What varieties and how are they doing? Let us know in the comments below!