Week of November 12, 2020
Choosing the right fruit tree involves a little homework and research to find the best one for your yard or orchard. First you need to know your USDA zone. On our website you can find out your zone by putting in your zip code. Next you should know how many chill hours you have. Chill hours are the number of hours in the winter that are between 32-45°F. You can find out your chill hours by checking out a few web sites or asking your local master gardener. Once you know that information, you can narrow down your selection even further by deciding on the size of tree you want–standard, semi-dwarf or dwarf. You can keep your tree small by pruning and training it over the years. If you are renting a home and do not want to invest in a permanent planting, consider buying a dwarf tree and putting it in a large pot. Another important consideration is whether or not the tree is self-pollinating or needs another tree for pollination. Check out our large list of fruit trees, all the information you need to decide is listed for every tree.