Have you ever dreamed of having a fruit tree in your yard? But the small space and constant moving crushed your dreams and plans? And the thought of having to wait for five-six years before the tree starts bearing made you cancel your plans? Well, I am here with a perfect and cute solution for you.
You must have heard about the dwarf fruit trees, and if not then don’t worry I will tell you everything about it in this article. Just keep scrolling…
Ever thought of planting a fruit tree in a pot or a small space?
Dwarf fruit trees are the fruit trees which have a limited height growth. These trees grow for about eight to ten feet. They can even be as small as three to four feet. But that does not mean you will have to compromise with the size of the fruits. The fruits that these trees bear is the same size as that of any normal fruit trees.
Dwarf fruit trees serve as both decoration and producing fruits in a small space or garden. These trees are made using the technique of grafting and not genetic modification. The small height is accomplished by limiting the root space and using a root-stock of small species.
For the dwarf fruit trees, you will need a pot/container which is approximately 15-20 inches in height and around 18 inches width. Make a proper drainage system in it and plant the trees using well-fertilized soil.
Directly on Ground
So, just like planting it in the pot, you will have to dig a hole in the ground around 20 inches deep and around 15 inches wide. Place your grafted joint in the hole and add soil and compost to cover the hole. Keep the graft 2-3 inches above the soil.
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10 Dwarf Fruit Trees That You Can Grow in Small Space
Now that you know what dwarf fruit trees are, here are some examples of such trees.
The lemons on the dwarf tree me grow a little round than the usual lemons. It may also have an orangish shade but the taste is like any other lemon. It is suitable for the zones 9 to 10. This tree grows 5 to 6 feet in height. You can easily grow a lemon tree in a container and enjoy the lemons throughout the year. The fragrant white flowers of this tree are a plus point for your garden.
The dwarf apple tree grows 7 to 10 feet in height. They can be planted in pots and kept in the garden, porch, terrace or balcony. This tress grows in the zones 3 to 9. A single dwarf apple plant is enough and you can enjoy sweet, crispy, and juicy apples.
Natal plum is the most preferred type of dwarf plum tree. It grows 6-8 feet tall. Plums are suitable in zones 9 to 11. If you live in a colder climate then the beach plum is more suitable for you. The plum tree is not self-pollinating, so you have to grow atleast two plum trees. There are some other plum trees which grow in different zones, so check out the tree before buying it.
A dwarf banana tree grows 8 to 10 feet tall. Banana trees are self-fertile, so one tress is enough. Though we call it a banana tree, scientist say that it is actually a huge plant. So, these banana plants grow in zones 9 to 10. The big long leaves of the banana make the surrounding environment more beautiful.
Oranges require mild temperature and are easy to grow in zones 9 to 11. They can be planted in pots or containers as they don’t require much space. They grow 6 to 10 feet tall and are self-fertile. The dwarf orange tree is worth growing as it adds ornamental value to your house and you can also enjoy the citrus fruits. The amazing fragrance of the blooms will spread throughout your garden.
Cherries do not require hot temperature. They grow well in zones 5 to 8. The dwarf cheery tree prefers cold climate and very little water. But you will have to use a well-drained and fertilized soil. A cherry tree grows a maximum of 10 feet in height and is self-fertile.
Peaches can either be self-pollinating or not. So, before buying the plant check it and decide whether to buy one or two peach trees. These trees grow 7 to 10 feet tall and are suitable for zones 5 to 9. They need sunny weather and well-drained soil. Grow a peach tree in the yard and enjoy sweet and juicy peaches throughout the summer.
A dwarf fig tree is best grown in the pots as its roots like to be in a constricted space. Moreover, it is suitable for zones 8 through 11 and requires ample amount of sunlight. Therefore if you are in a colder region, planting the tree in a pot will help you change the location of the tree. They grow up to 10 feet tall and bear small sweet fruits.
A dwarf pomegranate bush is easy to grow in a container. It has a shallow root system and grows up to 10 feet tall. They are suited to zones 7 to 10 but even if you are in a colder region you can still plant a pomegranate tree with extra care. The pomegranates of the dwarf tree are smaller than the usual pomegranates. This tree is self-pollinating, so you can just buy one tree.
A dwarf guava tree is easy to grow in pots. They need a warm climate to grow properly and are best grown in zones 9 to 11. It grows 5 to 6 feet tall and is easy to care. They don’t grow much in height so they can be kept on the patios, balcony or terrace and you can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the flowers and delicious fruits.
Some Important Points About Dwarf Fruit Trees:
- It is necessary for the dwarf fruit trees to be in sunlight for a few hours.
- Check for the water needs of the plant and water it accordingly.
- Add organic matter and compost to the soil.
- It is important to prune the trees from time to time.
- The dwarf trees take only a year or two before they start bearing fruits.
- If you plant the tree in pots, you can take them with you anywhere you want.