How to Grow Miniature Fruit Trees

Overview

Despite their small size, miniature fruit trees can yield a large quantity of fruit each season. The yield of miniature fruit trees also increases yearly, so if your plant is well-maintained, the tree will provide more and more fruit with each harvest. If you would like to grow your own miniature fruit trees, you can find starter fruit trees at local or online nurseries.

Step 1

Select a location in your garden or yard that gets full sun for at least half of the day. Fruit trees need sun in order to thrive and produce fruit.

Step 2

Choose fruit trees that are known to grow well in your specific area. Some trees, such as apples, pears, peaches and cherries, must experience a winter chill in order to produce fruit during the harvesting season. Workers at your local nursery should be able to help you make a selection. Most online nurseries also provide information on the suitable growing regions for each specific plant.

Step 3

Plant during the proper time of year for each plant type. Apple and pear trees should be planted during winter, while dormant they are dormant. Citrus fruit and olive trees should be planted in fall while the soil is still somewhat warm.

Step 4

Hand-water miniature fruit trees to keep from damaging the fruit. Soil should not be allowed to dry out, but should not be overwatered. Watering one per day should provide an adequate amount of moisture.

Step 5

Use fertilizer every 5-6 weeks during the growing season to encourage new growth. Follow the directions on the fertilizer bag in order to use a proper amount. Regular fertilization will help your plant thrive.

Step 6

Prune the tree to shape it during the first few years of growth. Once shaped, you miniature fruit trees will grow in the same pattern that you have trained them into. Prune during the dormant winter season.

Step 7

Ventilate trees by trimming away a few branches. If your miniature fruit tree is too dense, the sun will fail to reach all of the branches, interfering with fruit production.

Tips and Warnings

  • Miniature fruit trees are more fragile than full-size trees. Try to plant them in a location where they will receive some protection from the wind.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering can
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Agric.wa.gov
  • Mother Earth News
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