Growing something nice in the front or backyard can be a really nice hobby. You can grow your own garden or even your own tree! For example, you may decide to grow your own fruit tree. Of course when you grow your own fruit tree, you must be sure to take care of it. Without the proper care, fruit trees will die in their early years. To help prevent this, here are a few tips for taking care of your fruit tree.
When a fruit tree is still in it’s early stages of life, it is still developing. So the roots, trunk, and branches are not full developed. This means it may not be strong enough to hold the fruit that has started growing on it. Part of the branch, or the entire branch, may end up snapping right off. What you will need to do is provide the branches on your fruit tree with the support they need. To do this, you can prop them up with boards or tie the branches to something that is at a higher height. When you support the tree in it’s early years, it will be able to grow independent and strong.
It is important that you provide your fruit tree with the nutrition it needs. This way it will survive for more than one season. What you will need to give them will depend on the tree, climate, and area. You can always check with a nursery employee to see what type of fertilizer. Let them know how healthy your tree is (or is not) and it’s living conditions. They should then be able to help you find the fertilizer your tree will need.
As you take care of your fruit tree, keep in mind that water is not the only way to keep it healthy. Giving your tree too much water can actually be more harmful than not giving it any water at all. This will not only cause the fruit to taste bad, but it can kill the tree as well. So if your fruit tree has any kind of problems, try to figure out what the problem is and how to fix it. Giving your fruit tree a lot of water is not the answer to all of the problems and may cause more problems in the future.
If you notice any of the branches on your tree are damaged or diseased, remove them from the tree. In fact, you should cut the branch off as soon as you see it is becoming unhealthy. You can always trim off the unhealthy parts of the branch and leave the parts that still look healthy. This way you will not waste any of the tree’s nutrients on a branch that cannot be saved. The nutrients can then be used on the healthier branches.
When your tree starts to enter the picking stage, some of the fruit may end up falling off the tree. Make sure you do not leave any of the fruit that falls off on the ground. Whether the fruit looks healthy or unhealthy, make sure you pick every piece of fruit off of the tree. You can keep the fruit that looks healthy and throw out the fruit you do not want to keep. But if you leave the fruit on the tree and it begins to rot, this can attract insects and diseases. Those insects and diseases can harm the tree itself. So when the fruit is ready to be picked, it is important not to leave it on the tree or ground.
Taking care of a fruit tree through out it’s life can seem like a lot to do. But if you keep everything the tree needs in mind, you will have a healthy fruit tree of your own! Just remember what nutrients it needs, the amount of water to give it, and to cut off the unhealthy looking branches. Pick the fruit off of the tree when it is ready and do not leave any on the ground. If you keep all of this in mind and be sure to do everything you need to do, your fruit tree will remain healthy for many seasons!