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3 Things You Need to Know Before Planting Fruit Trees

[step-list-wrapper title="" time=""] Even if you have a small garden, you can still grow fruit trees. Here are a few basic guidelines about planting productive and ornamental fruit trees for a garden of any size. [step-item number="1." image_url="" title="Fruit trees can be both productive and ornamental." ] Think about size before you purchase a tree. If you want to grow productive trees in a small space (unless you have a big garden), select dwarf varieties or plants that are grafted onto dwarf rootstock. You'll save time climbing up a ladder to pick fruit or prune the tree, too. Good choices include citrus, apple trees, mangoes, avocados, pears, peaches and apricots.[/step-item] [step-item number="2." image_url="" title="Fruit trees can be complex to manage in an orchard" ] or where production is the number-one aim, but in an average-sized backyard, general care and management is much easier. As a rule, prune fruit trees after they have produced a crop. And always remove suckers or any dead, diseased or broken branches as soon as you notice them.[/step-item] [step-item number="3." image_url="" title="Whenever you buy a fruiting plant, check whether a pollinator is required." ] Many fruit trees only bear fruit if another variety is nearby to provide cross-pollination. The simple way to cross-pollinate is to have two varieties grafted on one plant.[/step-item] [/step-list-wrapper]