Growing some fruit trees on a porch is a brilliant idea to provide shade to this area, educate your kids about nature, increase your house value and importantly, have organic fruits to enjoy periodically.
No matter if you're a beginner or pro gardener, there are many options to consider. The following list includes the 7 best fruit trees you can grow right on your porch.
Cara Cara Orange Trees
Cara Cara oranges are pinkish-red. They are seedless, as big as a Ruby Red grapefruit, and taste sweet with succulent, tender, juicy flesh.
It is rich in vitamin A and C, folate, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants (such as lycopene), which help benefit a healthy diabetic eating plan.
The most important thing is this fruit tree is extremely easy to grow on any type of soil as long as it’s well-drained. Cara Cara oranges grow fast in both partial shade and full sun, reaching a maximum height of 20’ and a spread of 12’ without pruning.
Compared to other fruit trees, pomegranates have a very shallow root system, which can be easily grown on Earth soil or in pots.
Besides, they are low-maintenance, and not usually affected by many diseases or pests.
Pomegranate trees grow best in hardy zones from 7 to 10. Some gardeners prune and grow them as a small tree on their porch while others leave them to grow wildly as a shrub.
A big bonus about this fruit tree is they don’t require much watering – just once/week in the winter and very little during rainy months. It takes around 5-7 months for a pomegranate tree to become mature, and commonly 2-3 years to bear fruits.
If you’re living in an area with more than 140 frost-free days every year and the soil is acidic, blueberry trees are a shining candidate.
They grow well in a sunny, sheltered spot and require watering every day.
Water the soil up to one inch deep.
It is native to North America and very easy to grow. Blueberry trees can grow 100% organically and still bear pounds of fruits for each crop. The only drawback is they grow slowly – around 10 years to reach mature size and will take 2-3 years more to bear fruits.
This would be a perfect choice for patient gardeners.
Dwarf Apple Trees
Similar to pomegranate trees, dwarf apple trees have a shallow root system to be easily grown in either containers or Earth ground with hardiness zones 3 to 6.
Plant in early winter or mid-autumn when the weather is cool for their little root system to be easily established. Water them once every 7 to 10 days.
If properly cared for, dwarf apple trees can reach 10’ to 12’ tall and wide and live up to 60 years.
Compared to standard apple trees, this variety takes less time to produce fruits – within 2-3 years while the standard ones need up to 10 years.
They grow best in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-10 and you can even leave them unprotected outdoors to grow, which is perfect for beginners or organic gardeners.
If you’re living in Northern zones, plant them in a container and once the outside temperature drops below 10 degrees F, bring them indoors.
Fig trees love to be placed in a sunny spot or anywhere that has at least 7-8 hours of sunlight exposure daily. They aren’t sensitive to any soil type as long as it is well-drained and rich in organic matters. The best time to start growing them is either spring or early fall.
Fig trees need around 3-5 years after planting to produce fruits but this process might be shorter if you give them good care.
Avocado trees can be transplanted or grown from seeds, and each type has its pros and cons.
If the trees are started from being transplanted, you might spend extra effort to take care of them. In turn, they produce fruits in just 2-3 years after planting.
Avocado trees started from a seedling are the easiest to grow and require lower maintenance. It is also a perfect low-cost science experiment to try with kids, however, they might need anywhere from 13-20 years to bear fruits.
This fruit tree loves to be planted in full sun and well-drained soil, away from strong winds.
They are native to Asia and can be grown in USDA Zones 4 to 9.
If you’re living in either of these four states in the US – New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina, and California, try growing this fruit tree.
While peach trees might require extra care to feed, prune, and manage pests, they take around 2-4 years after planting from seed to start producing fruits. The process will be shorter if you buy a young tree to plant on your porch.
A big bonus is you don’t have to grow two peach trees to produce fruits since it is self-fertile. As long as your garden has insect pollinators, like bees and butterflies, a single tree can pollinate itself.
The best time to start growing a peach tree is during its dormant period, usually in late winter or early spring due to your climate.
Above are the top fruit trees you can grow right on your porch. We carefully include in this list various options, depending on your needs. Before considering any tree to grow on your porch, always consider the climate, soil’s nutrients, and space.
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