Fruit trees can bring beautiful blossoms to your yard in the spring and fresh, ripe fruit in the summer. Here are 8 easy-to-grow fruit trees you should plant this spring. No big yard or green thumb necessary!
8 Fruit Trees You Should Plant This Spring
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk outside and pick fruit from your own personal fruit trees? For many this dream is a reality, simply because they took the time to plant and nurture a fruit tree!
You don’t need the greenest thumb grow a fruit tree in your yard. You just need a little patience. If you are considering growing fruit trees in your space, look at these 8 fruit trees you should plant this spring. You will find that planting fruit trees isn’t impossible, in fact it can be quite fun and beneficial.
8 Fruit Trees You Should Plant This Spring
1. Dwarf Apple
There are quite a few apple varieties that come in a “dwarf” variety, making the tree perfect for smaller spaces and beginner growers. You can grow your own dwarf apple varieties and enjoy fruit within the first two years, making them a fruit tree variety that offers quick results. These do well in the Midwest as well, as the cooler temps and shorter seasons don’t seem to bother them. There's literally no reason not to plant these as they work well in any space, can be grown almost anywhere, and can produce fruit relatively quickly!
Buying your own blueberries can be pricey, which is why growing your own is a much more affordable option. Blueberries actually grow on bushes rather than trees, but you can grow small blueberry bushes even in the tightest of spaces. If you get a good 8 hours of sun per day and enjoy nutrient rich, well draining soil, your blueberry plant should thrive.
3. Meyer Lemon
Perhaps you have a small backyard and don’t feel like you have space for a fruit tree. Think again. Meyer Lemon trees can be grown in pots! This is also a great option if you have cooler or shorter growing seasons, as the pots can be brought indoors during the cold winter months.
One of the best things about raspberry bushes is they can grow just about anywhere. They are such a durable perennial and will come back year after year in full force multiplying in size as they do. The growing season for raspberries is quite short and you must battle the birds, but if you can manage these two aspects you'll have handfuls of fresh, ripe, FREE raspberries each growing season.
Fig trees can vary in size but most are quite petite and can still yield pound after pound of fruit. Figs can be enjoyed right off the tree or grilled with goat cheese for a tasty appetizer. They're also great as a natural sweetener in smoothies, homemade granola bars, or homemade energy bites. If you enjoy the flavor of plums, figs are perfect for your pallet.
Not many people have heard of honeyberries, which is too bad since they are simple to grow and full of nutrients. They are much like blueberries but have a longer shape to them. They taste like a cross between raspberries and blueberries and can be used in jams or fruit salads, and their petite size makes them perfect for small spaces. Honeyberries grow best in locations that receive a half day of sun, preferably in the morning. They grow well in partial shade along a woodland edge.
Although mulberry trees can be quite large, they are ridiculously easy to grow. We've even accidentally grown one before (I'm guess from squirrel droppings). Mulberries look like small blackberries. They are usually deep purple when ripe. Mulberry trees grow fast, kind of like a weed of the tree world, but they can also live a long time. They also can grow well in colder climates like the Northeast and Midwest.
Cherry trees are another variety of fruit that will still produce a harvest during summer in colder climates like the Midwest. You can also plant a full size tree or a dwarf tree depending on the amount of space you have. Cherry trees can begin producing fruit about 4 years after being planted.
While a whole orchard may not be in the cards for you, a single fruit tree sure can be! Consider these 8 fruit trees to plant this spring and see how they can add beauty and flavor to your life.
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