Dwarf Fruit Tree Care


Almost any fruit tree is available in a dwarf variety. Dwarf fruit trees bear full-sized fruit in a minimum of space. Their care is similar to that of their full-sized counterparts.

Grow full-sized apples on a dwarf tree. image by "fall apple" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: striatic (hobvias sudoneighm) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.


Dwarf fruit trees need full sun. They are excellent candidates for container gardening on decks and patios. Dwarf fruit trees in containers can be moved to a protected location if a late freeze threatens.


Dwarf fruit trees do not need much pruning. Maintain dwarf trees at about 7 feet tall, remove suckers and prune out branches that are too close together. Prune the root ball of container-grown dwarf trees about every three years.


Use organic fertilizer about every three weeks during the growing season.

Pest Control

Dwarf fruit trees are extremely easy to monitor for insect damage. Pick off insects whenever possible, and use organic pesticides only when necessary.

Long-stemmed fruits usually do not need thinning. image by "Impostor ;)" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: lepiaf.geo (Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Fruit Production

When fruits (apples, peaches, pears) are about 3/4 inch in size, thin them to about 6 inches apart on the branches. Cherries and almonds generally do not require thinning.


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