Love the idea of picking apples in your own backyard? You're in luck -- they flourish in the DMV growing zone! 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!
What kind of trees do well in the DMV?
The mid-Atlantic region is perfect for stone fruit like peaches, plums, and some varieties of cherries. Pears and apples flourish here, too, as do several types of cold-hardy figs. Read on for a full list of the best varieties you can buy.
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All of the trees on this list are self-pollinating, so you can plant a single tree and still get fruit.
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. Find it locally or buy a Beurre Bosc Pear from Stark Brothers online here.
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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. Purchase online from Fast Growing Trees or in person at your local nursery.
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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, and you can also buy it online from Gurney's here.
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Hardy Chicago or Brown Turkey Fig
These are two very cold hardy varieties of figs that will do well in the DMV. 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. If you prefer to buy them online, try Edible Landscaping and look at some of their other fruit trees and shrubs.
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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!
Order this specialty apple online to make sure of what you're getting.
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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!