Choosing the Right Kind of Trees for Your Fruit Orchard

With so many options available while choosing the fruit trees for your orchard, it becomes difficult to you to make a choice. You have to choose the right one. It can be daunting and difficult at times. But one way to make the right choice is to choose the correct tree according to the climate. Fruit trees have the tendency to grow in each and every climate. It more cases than not, they will not grow well if the climate is not right. If you take note of the kind of fruit tree you are planting, then your fruit orchard will bloom in all seasons. If you do not take care of the kind of trees you are planting, you will end up with a lot of plant trouble. For you to understand how to make the right choice, it is important to find out the difference between a crop and a cultivar. Trees such as apples, pears and oranges are usually fruit tree crops. If you want a specific kind of pear tree or an apple tree, then that is referred to as a fruit tree cultivar.

The bigger question remains, how do you select the crop and the cultivar?

The first question that you have to ask yourself is the climate that you are residing in. Crops are usually very sensitive and you need to keep in mind whether the crops will adjust themselves to the climate or not. While crops such as apples can grow in almost all climates, but it is different for the cultivars. Cultivars of the same fruit, in this case apple, have the ability to grow in sub-tropical climate as well.

Hence, if you are getting a variety of trees at your nursery that does not mean that you buy them without even giving the slightest of thought behind its adaptability. Moreover, you have to do research when it comes to choosing the trees available in the local nursery, for example apples; and the cultivars, for instance granny smith apples or other varieties. This will not only save your time and energy in finding a replacement, but also save you a lot of money.

Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind while choosing the appropriate fruit tree. 

  • Keep in mind the kind of space you have available. Suppose you do not have space for several plants at a time, then do not clutter it. You have to pollinate the fruit trees as well. Some fruit trees, such as berries and apricots can pollinate on their own, some need help.

  • Another important aspect is to choose the tree size. There are three sizes out of which you can choose the tree from. They are standard size, dwarf size and semi-dwarf size.

    • A standard size tree will bear lots of fruits in about 3 to 4 years.

    • A dwarf size tree can be used for a small orchard. They will bear fruit of normal size.

    • A semi-dwarf fruit tree is the best choice to make.