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Fruit Tree Care

Growing your own potted fruit tree is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy as you watch it grow year over year. As long as you pick a fruit tree that is suitable for your climate, proper care and simple maintenance will help you grow a truly impressive tree that can be planted outdoors and feed you, your friends, and your family for generations!

How to care for your Fruit Tree

Use these instructions to care for a Fruit Tree. This guide will tell you how to water a Fruit Tree; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Avocado Tree

LIGHT

Your avocado tree will do best in bright light. It needs 6+ hours of direct sunlight a day to thrive indoors. A south or west window will be best, but try using a grow-light if you do not think you have enough sunlight in your home.

WATER

Water when the soil is 50% dry. In the winter, it’s best to allow the soil to dry out more since the tree is not actively growing. Always test the soil before watering and water evenly until water runs through the drainage hole. Drain the excess water.

HUMIDITY

Your avocado will thrive in a humid environment. Try misting it often!

TEMPERATURE

Your avocado tree will do best in warmer temperatures between 65–85°F.

FOOD

For best results, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength once a month during the spring and summer. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil; always make sure the soil is damp before feeding your plant.

TOXICITY

Your avocado plant is toxic and not pet-friendly to many animals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Trim your avocado tree back as it grows, as this will help encourage bushier growth and a stronger stem! Snip back the stems just above a leaf to remove length.

Lemon Tree

LIGHT

Your lemon tree prefers bright light. It will thrive receiving 12 hours of direct light a day but can do well with as little as 8 hours a day. The more light it receives, the higher chance it will produce fruit. If you are keeping your tree indoors, ensure that it gets enough exposure to light, or be sure to use a grow light.

WATER

Your lemon tree prefers to be watered when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your tree prefers a humid environment. Make use of a humidifier or pebble tray to increase the ambient humidity. Misting is not recommended since it can cause fungal issues in indoor environments that have reduced airflow.

TEMPERATURE

Your tree will do best in warmer temperatures between 65–80°F.

FOOD

During the growing season starting early spring and into summer, fertilize your tree once a month. A high potassium fertilizer will help your tree grow its fruit.

TOXICITY

The fruit and leaves of these trees are toxic to cats and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Keeping your tree properly pruned helps them grow out beautifully, prevent diseases and damage to branches, improve air circulation, and produce solid fruit. In February or March, prune back your tree’s overcrowded branches for a strong growing season.

Orange Tree

LIGHT

Your orange tree prefers bright light. It will thrive receiving 12 hours of direct light a day but can do well with as little as 8 hours a day. The more light it receives, the higher chance it will produce fruit. If you are keeping your tree indoors, ensure that it gets enough exposure to light, or be sure to use a grow light.

WATER

Your orange tree prefers to be watered when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your tree prefers a humid environment. Make use of a humidifier or pebble tray to increase the ambient humidity. Misting is not recommended since it can cause fungal issues in indoor environments that have reduced airflow

TEMPERATURE

Your tree will do best in warmer temperatures between 65–80°F.

FOOD

During the growing season starting early spring and into summer, fertilize your tree once a month. A high potassium fertilizer will help your tree grow its fruit.

TOXICITY

The fruit and leaves of these trees are toxic to cats and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Keeping your tree properly pruned helps them grow out beautifully, prevent diseases and damage to branches, improve air circulation, and produce solid fruit. In February or March, prune back your tree’s overcrowded branches for a strong growing season.

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What's a Fruit Tree?

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All trees that flower also produce fruit or nuts, and fruit trees grow in practically every climate around the world. Within the United States, some of the most popular fruit trees that are also relatively easy to grow include pear trees, apple trees, citrus trees, fig trees, peach trees, plum trees, cherry trees, and avocado trees.

When planting a fruit tree outside, it is important you research your region’s climate to choose a tree that is likely to thrive, and also ensure it is a variety of tree / fruit that is resistant to pests and diseases in your region. With careful pruning and regular maintenance, you will be able to plant a beautiful tree that can feed your family for many years to come!

Pictured Left: Orange Tree

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