When it comes to growing fruit trees (such as: growing the mango, lychee…, to be exact) in a garden, you will certainly have to consider the amount of space you have in order to do so. Sometimes, you will be limited in just how much area you have for the project, and because of that might be discouraged from getting started in the first place.
However, we encourage you not to let limited space stop you from pursuing a potentially wonderful garden filled with beautiful fruit trees that will yield delicious, juicy fruit. Read on to learn more in this article on several tips for growing fruit trees in small spaces. Soon enough, you will be proud to say that you have plenty of wonderful fruit trees to call your own, all within the same, small area!
Without further ado, let’s get right down to it!
Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces
First things first, you will need to consider just a few tips on how to grow fruit trees in small spaces, before you even get started doing so in the first place. Granted, there will be a few things you will have to do, but once you get the hang of them, you can safely assume that you will have success in your garden. Here are our top-five tips for you:
1. The area of the garden
Of course, it is necessary that you measure the size of your garden, whether in square feet or in square meters. Using a measuring tape to measure the width and length of the garden, then calculating them through multiplication will yield a fairly accurate result of just what to expect for your garden. From there, you can determine just how many trees you can go about growing.
2. Height and spread of the plant
Height-wise, you will need to know that some trees can reach heights of up to 26 feet, as well as spread out by just as much. That said, if your garden is quite limited in space, then it might be a good idea to choose dwarf trees or weeping trees, i.e. those which droop, in order to conserve space. After all, you would not want to overcrowd them, at the risk of unequal distribution of nutrients and improper growth.
3. Type of fruit tree
Aside from considering the size of the plant, you might also want to look into the type of fruit tree that you would like to grow. There is a large variety of them out there, and depending on what you like, you can choose from sorts like apple, cherry, apricot, peach, and so forth.
You can also select olive, fig, and quince trees for some extra pizzazz to your small garden, if you so desire. In the end, it comes down to personal preference, since you will be reaping the fruits once they are ripe and ready to be harvested.
4. Containers or garden beds?
Depending on just how limited the space in your garden is, you either have the option of using containers or just growing in traditional garden beds. For the most part, however, containers are the go-to methods for any sort of confined space.
Most trees, especially dwarf ones, can be grown in containers, as long as they have good soil, good fertilizer, and ample sunlight and water to nourish it well and to yield ripe fruit later in the season. Considering these options will ensure a good harvest to come.
5. Taking care of the fruit tree
With the limited space you have in your garden, it does not mean that the manner in which you take care of the fruit tree changes- in fact, it is not any different from any other normal-sized fruit tree (or tree, in general).
In other words, continue to keep your fruit tree healthy with the standard soil-and-sunlight method, along with enough water to help the nutrients in the soil get absorbed and well-integrated into the plant’s roots. When the tree starts getting bigger and heavier, make sure you have bigger pots to transfer it into for better management (although with trees such as dwarf ones, it should not grow too much!).
Finally, having a prune tool such as the best lopper can be very handy for keeping the leaves and branches under control, so that enough water and sunlight can infiltrate into the soil to remain healthy and happy.
For an excellent video on how to effectively grow fruit trees (especially those of apples and pears) in a small garden, check it out here: https://youtu.be/J_pz4Vj_0PE
Overall, having a small garden does not mean you cannot still grow beautiful fruit trees. With a bit of measuring and planning, it is guaranteed that you can create a lovely garden filled with trees yielding excellent fruit. Enjoy your gardening!
About the Author
Daisy Taylor is a blogger at TheOneSunflower.com. I would try my hand at gardening. After many years of gardening at home. I have decided to share my passion with the world.
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