Growing your organic fruit in your backyard is a thing of beauty and worth boasting about. It’s always rewarding and more enjoyable than the fruits you buy. About growing fruit trees in your home, you can situate them in orchards, fences, or even containers. But it all comes down to one thing. You are living in zone 7. Are you growing the right fruits?
In general, it is fortunate to be in zone 3. You have almost five different tree fruits that you can grow. If you are not lucky with apples, you have fig trees, peach trees, plum trees, and pears to try out.
However, you need to understand each type of tree. It’s not just about broadcasting the seeds in your backyard and sitting back to wait for results. Rather, you have to take care of each tree. Read on to discover more!
Apples are versatile in zone 7, good for beginner gardeners, and produce fruit for years after planting. There are two types: dessert apples for eating and cookers. You have to plant two different partner trees to allow pollination. So, when choosing from the nursery list, ensure you select the right flowering groups.
Apple trees usually reach a height of 21–24 feet. You will have to space them by at least 13 feet should you grow them. Apples need at least 8 hours of sunlight. Also, the seedlings need to be irrigated and the soil supplemented with organic fertilizer. Once the young trees are established, make sure they are braced against the wind and pruned annually.
Plum trees are favored by zone 7, where they yield generously. They make excellent desserts and are generally sweet. They are small trees for limited space. However, most plums require partners, while others are self-fertile.
Further, they will need to be situated in the shade when planting. Plums require limited exposure to the sun as it could burn out their leaves. Also, make certain that the soil has a high capacity for moisture retention. In general, if you prune them occasionally and keep away pests, you can have the fruits in 3 to 6 years.
Pears blossom in the spring and show rich colors in the fall. It’s an attractive zone with seven trees to grow. They are available in different flavor varieties, such as mellow and sour-spiced. Pears can be eaten raw or even used in desserts.
If your tree is not a “Concorde” or a “conference,” you will have to provide a pollinating partner. Furthermore, pears need acidic, well-draining soils that are moist for growth. Ensure you water the seedlings and protect the young trees from the wind and excess sunlight. During the dry months, they will require watering. Given that all the conditions are met, it will grow into a large tree and flower after five years.
Figs are a luxury and a great addition to your salads and desserts. They thrive in zone 7 and need plenty of sun for the fruits to ripen. It has to be grown against the wall to prevent the roots from spreading too far. If not, near the fences will suffice. They need soils with good drainage, nitrogen fertilizer every four weeks, and irrigation every summer. Ensure the tree is also planted in the spring or early fall.
Peaches are convenient for zone 7 and require less maintenance. They are quick to cultivate and produce fruits after one year. When fully grown, the harvest becomes bountiful.
Their growth requires soils with good drainage and spots exposed to the sun. Peaches can be grown at any time of year, but bare root varieties require colder months. Furthermore, you will need to supplement them with fertilizer. Also, remember to water the trees in the warmer months.
Zone 7 fruit trees: Wrapping up
Zone 7 seems to be a haven for tree fruits. There are plenty of options to choose from, and if you’re a dedicated gardener, you can have it all. Besides that, all that you need to know is the demands of each tree, as discussed above.