I Want Fruit Trees That Will Bear Next Year

by Jill
(Homestead, FL)

I have just built a new home. My desire is to have a yard full of bearing fruit trees. I want oranges, lemons, mangoes, loquats... My own orchard, I guess you could say.

What I want to know is where can I get big trees that are already bearing?



Answer

I know what it's like to be in a new house on an empty lot. You want to fill it up as quickly as possible.

An orchard is a long-term goal. It may not be possible to develop one in a year. You can try, but it will be an expensive experiment.

Mature trees are not only pricey, they are difficult to transplant. You will have to have a lot of men and heavy equipment to do it. You will have to keep the trees watered and stake them because of their size.

Even if you do everything just right, there is no guarantee they will all make it through transplant shock. It is a near certainty that you would lose some of them.

The move will also be hard on the ones that survive. There is no guarantee that they would bear fruit the following year. It might take them a couple of seasons to get their feet back under them.

Trees in the 4-7 foot in height range are easiest to establish. You would have to wait 3-5 years for them to mature.

You could always compromise and plant a few mature trees and a few young trees. It would save you money over planting all mature trees and increase your odds of success.

For the mature trees, call some of the specialty nurseries in your city. If they don't carry what you are looking for, they will know who does.

Good luck with your back yard orchard.

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