Here are the four best fruit trees for every beginner. These Trees will grow easily and carry a lot of fruit for their owners. So you can start and plant your own fruit garden!
First up Apricots! Apricots are self-pollinating, as they don’t need partner trees to produce fruit.
Modern varieties are designed to produce larger amounts of fruit. They don’t need too long, before producing the first fruits.
That can happen in the second year, but the biggest produce will come when the tree is 3-5 years old.
When growing an apricot tree, is best to choose a sunny spot, next to a fence or a wall. The most appropriate is to choose a spot, facing south or west.
The tree needs to be properly sheltered, especially from cold, as it flowers very early and if the weather is too cold, it might damage the flowers, especially in February and March.
If possible you should protect the tree in the winter, with garden fleece.
Another great way to grow apricot trees is in the greenhouse.
The trees will be properly sheltered and if lucky, they might produce fruit earlier. You have to prune your apricot tree regularly to get the most of it.
They don’t thrive with dry roots and you have to make sure they get a regular water supply.
Apricot trees don’t get many diseases, but can sometimes decay for unknown reasons. If it happens, that your apricot tree suddenly dies, you should not lose hope and just keep trying, as you will eventually succeed.
Picking the best possible position as described above, will give the tree a much better start and therefore will be less likely that the tree gets sick or dies.
Nashi pears ( Asian pears)
Nashi pears are native to East Asia but can be grown in Europe, America, and Australia.
You can grow them from grafting, seeds or cutting. The easiest is to buy an already potted plant, that can give you a stronger tree which will bear fruits sooner.
Planting the tree is easy and even beginners in growing fruit trees can do it.
The hole should be double the size of the root ball. After carefully removing the plant from its container place it in the hole, fill it up with soil and tap around it gently. Make sure you water it very good and quite often.
The best position for this tree in the garden would be a spot with good airflow and lots of sunlight.
The Nashi tree is also self-pollinating, so you can have only one tree to produce fruits. The trees usually grow up to 15 feet and don’t take too much space.
To successfully grow a Nashi tree, the requirements are; minimum of 6 hours direct sunlight a day, well-drained soil with pH from 6-7 and keeping the soil moist, watering regularly.
Depending on the quality of the soil where you planted the tree, you might have to water more or use some fertilizer.
Fertilizer is usually not needed when the soil quality is good. You can apply manure or compost in spring or summer.
Nashi pear trees are more resistant to disease and damage than regular pears.
They can get “attacked” by wasps and birds, that’s why is good to protect them with a net.
Growing faster than the regular pear trees they need to be pruned regularly. It’s important to remove weak, damaged or dead branches and shape the tree in a way to promote air circulation.
You can expect first fruits in the second year if everything went right or after the third year.
The fruits need to be stored in the refrigerator, otherwise, they can decay fast. Keeping them cool will also improve their taste.
Many of the modern varieties of cherry trees are self-pollinating.
If you want to grow some of the older varieties or much sweeter cherries, you might have to consider getting at least 2 trees. But one tree is enough to get your own cherries, whether sweet or of sour variety.
The best is to buy a cherry tree from specialized nurseries. Container cherry trees can be planted all year, as long as the soil is kept moist.
Cherry trees are one of the easiest to grow as they don’t require a lot of pruning and rarely suffer from disease and pests.
The cherry tree will need a sunny space in your garden. All the weeds should be removed from the soil and you should provide the tree with plenty of nutritional organic matter.
The pH of the soil should be around 6.5 for best results. Make sure it’s also well drained and does not retain a lot of water.
When planting your cherry tree, dig a hole big enough to comfortably place the roots. Fill the hole up with soil all the way up to the stem. Gently add more soil to prevent any air from getting caught in between.
The roots have to be equally spread around the hole. The tree will require regular watering and organic fertilizer every once in a while.
Take extra care in dry periods, to regularly water the tree, especially if it was planted not too long ago. Remove any weeds that might be suffocating the growing tree.
Cherry trees don’t require pruning, but it is advised to prune them in cooler climates to prevent some of the diseases.
Plum trees are one of the easiest fruit trees you can grow. They are adaptable to different conditions and don’t require a lot of work. Not to mention they are very tasty and beautiful.
However, most of the varieties are not self-pollinating. Which means you will have to plant at least 2 trees to get plums.
Make sure you pick the variety that is most appropriate for your climate.
You have to plant your plum tree in well-drained soil on a spot with a lot of sunlight. You might want to plant them on the highest point of your garden possible, to prevent frost from damaging the tree.
The plum tree will work better in areas that are somewhat protected from direct wind. Watering your newly planted tree every week is important, and you should continue doing that all the way up to October, to give the tree a healthy start to prepare for winter.
Young plum trees should be pruned early in the spring and older trees in the middle of the summer.
Another thing to consider when growing plum trees is to thin the branches regularly, removing the small and weak branches that are too weak to hold fruit.
So these are the best Fruit trees for beginners in my opinion. The most importand part, however, is to never give up. Guardening is a lot of trial and error so don´t be afraid of making mistakes. Just learn from them and keep on gardening!