A fruit tree in your landscape is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Once you allow a fruit tree to become established, it will provide a bountiful harvest of your favorite fruits that are fresher and so much sweeter than anything you can find in your local supermarket. Here is just a sampling of the varieities we carry in our stores.
Growing apple trees in the home garden can be fun and rewarding. Several factors are important to consider before planting for successful apple production. Apple variety and rootstock, site selection, proper planting, training and pruning, adequate fertility, and pest control all contribute to healthy and productive trees.
Most apple trees are not self-fruitful except multiple graft trees, which don’t need a pollinator. Otherwise, plant two varieties. Standard apple trees bear in 2 to 7 years after planting. Dwarf trees bear in approximately 2 years after planting.
Apple Trees we carry: Gala, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, 3 in 1, and Granny Smith
Plant standard apple trees 35’ apart and semi-dwarf trees 10 to 15’ apart. Dwarf apples trees should be planted 8 to 10’ apart.
Cherries are one of the most popular fruits. Growing cherry trees is easy. Perhaps the biggest problem is keeping the birds from beating you to the harvest. It can also be difficult to bring in a bowl of cherries from the tree. They get eaten before they get to the house!
Sour cherries, such as Montmorency and North Star, are self-fruitful and will not pollinate sweet cherries. Sour cherries bear fruit in 2 to 3 years after planting.
Sweet cherries, such as Black Tartarian and Bing, need a pollinator. Plant two varieties. These trees will bear fruit in 3 to 4 years after planting.
Plant standard cherries 15’ apart and plant dwarf trees 6’ apart.
Peaches have been grown in Asia for more than two thousand years, and produced for centuries in the United States. Peaches are considered the “Queen” of the fruits and second only to apples in popularity as a deciduous tree fruit because of their fine flavor and many uses as a fruit. Popular uses for peaches include fresh eating, sugared, and with cream. They are also used in ice cream, pies, cobbler, and shortcake. In addition, peaches are used for jam, jelly, preserves, and mixed fruit desserts.
Fresh peaches provide respectable amounts of the antioxidant vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber.
Most peach trees are self-fruitful. However, to insure a more bountiful crop, plant two varieties. Both standard and dwarf varieties should bear in 2 to 3 years.
Plant standard peach trees 20’ apart and dwarf trees 10’ apart.
Pears are long-lived attractive trees. Selected varieties produce good fruit with few management problems. Three basic types of pears grown in the United States are European or French pears, Oriental hybrids and Asian pears. The Asian pear, often termed “apple-pear,” is gaining increased attention because of its unique fruit.
Pears are not self-fruitful. Plant two varieties for pollination.
Plant standard trees 20’ apart and dwarf trees 12’ apart.
Asian pears will often have fruit the first year and are the easiest tree fruit to grow.
Plums are popular for cooking, jam making and bottling or canning, but the sweeter varieties are among our most delicious dessert fruits. Damsons ripen a little later than most plums. The fruits are small, oval and richly flavored, but not really sweet enough for the general taste for eating raw. They are, however, excellent for cooking, preserves and bottling.
Regardless of which variety of plum planted, it is suggested that you plant a Santa Rosa plum to insure proper pollination. Standard or dwarf varieties should bear fruit in 2 to 3 years. Plant standard trees 20’ apart and dwarf plums 12’ apart.
To insure large, delicious crops, be certain to plant your fruit trees as instructed on your Meadows Farms receipt. Good topsoil, planting mix, proper staking and pruning procedures will reward you with productive trees. Also check our garden center for products to keep your fruit trees disease and insect free.