Tree Plantation Guide 1 - Buying a Tree

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Although the process of growing and caring for a tree is generally challenging and even
difficult at times, sometimes one of the hardest parts is choosing which kind you want. You
have to choose between the many sizes, fruit, and other attributes. The different sizes
include: dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard. Your choice can affect everything about your
growing experience, including the amount of work you have to put in and the amount of
rewards (fruit) you will obtain.

Dwarf trees are ideal if you only have a limited amount of open space in your yard. They
take up as little as only as eight-foot diameter plot of land. Although the dwarf fruit trees are
smaller than the others, their fruit is just the same size and the shortness makes them easier
to prune and harvest. Dwarf fruit trees aren’t known for living quite as long as larger fruit
trees. They begin to bear fruit after three to five years, so if you are going to buy a dwarf
fruit tree from a nursery you should always check and see how old it is.

Semi-dwarf trees are medium sized, and when they are full grown they take up a fifteen-
foot diameter. Semi-dwarf fruit tree's height can range from as low as ten feet to as high as
sixteen feet. To keep them from getting to large you should prune them at least once a year.
Occasionally semi-dwarf fruit trees take a season off and produce little or no fruit, but
mostly they produce hundreds of fruit every year. Many people enjoy having semi dwarf
fruit trees because they produce more fruit than a dwarf tree, and they are generally easier
to harvest and maintain than a standard fruit tree.

Standard sized fruit trees take up much more area the then any of the smaller tree varieties,
and they are also harder to keep manageable and to harvest all of the fruit. If you do not
prune them at least once a year they can grow as large as thirty feet. If you are just looking
for a good tree to provide you with plenty of delicious fruit from and to keep your yard
shady, a standard sized tree would be the perfect tree for you.

Standard sized fruit trees take a very long time to reach their full height, but they usually
begin to bear fruit after only three to five years.

The best variety of fruit tree to buy would be one that carries fruit and does well in your
area, because a local fruit tree takes less work and grows the best. Although fruit trees
bearing other, more exotic kinds of fruit may seem more exciting, they usually won't grow
as well in your area. That’s not to say it’s impossible. You can definitely try to grow a more
exotic tree, but it will take much more commitment and time.
Another factor involved in deciding on a type of tree is what kind of soil you have, because
some trees do better in damp soil while others are better suited for drier soil. If it rains
often in your area you would do well to plant a plum tree. But if you do not get very much
rain you would do better to plant a pear tree or an apple tree. Before choosing which type of
fruit tree you would like, consult your local nursery or gardening guru to find out which
trees would do well in your area.

Other things that you should look for while looking for a fruit tree at the nursery are things
like how sturdy it is, if all of the branches are evened out, how straight the tree stands, the
condition of the roots that support the tree, the length of the stem, and the height of the fruit
from the ground. Making a careful and deliberate decision can mean the difference between
having the stunted fruit from your lopsided tree being eaten by animals all day long.

Now Let us take an example of picking the right tree. I have considered Orange tree, a very
common tree for hot climate regions.

Picking the Right Orange Tree

If you live in a hot, humid sub-tropical zone like Florida or California, you have many
options for growing fruit trees. You are lucky enough to be able to support almost any type
of plant as long as you prevent pests from taking over. You should consider growing an
orange tree, as these are usually easy to maintain and produce some of the most delicious
fruits. The orange is one of the most popular fruits worldwide due to its sweetness,
juiciness, and distinctive flavor.

The orange tree can reach up to 50 feet in height towards its later years, so you should
definitely take that into account when planning. Even if you’re starting with a very small
tree, plan ahead and place it in an open area so that it will have plenty of room to expand. If
you make the same mistake I did, you will end up having to renovate your yard to some
extreme measures, such as taking out an entire shed. Just take the necessary precautions
beforehand and avoid all of this trouble.

The ideal soil for growing an orange tree would be fine sand with great drainage. The soil
should be deep enough to allow for extensive root development, since the trees are known
for reaching monstrous sizes and requiring lots of support from down below. If you have
shallow, easily saturated soil then you should either do something to remedy it or move
onto a different type of tree. It is most likely that attempting to grow an orange tree in these
conditions would be disastrous.

One of the more popular types of orange is the “Washington Navel”. It probably came about
as a mutation of other oranges. It originated in Brazil around 1820, and had moved on to
Florida within fifteen years. It is characterized by being one of the largest of all available
oranges. The peel or rind is easily removed. Usually it is not as juicy as other oranges, but
has an intense flavor. These are the most popular orange trees for commercial growing. If
you decide on one of these trees, you probably won’t have to water as much.

Another type of orange is the “Trovita”. It was invented sometime in the early 1900s at a lab
in California devoted to experimenting with new types of citruses. It started being publicly
marketed around 1940. It doesn’t have a very strong flavor, and has more seeds than a
Washington Navel. However, it was designed to be more adaptable to harsher, hot and dry
environments that would not be acceptable for other types of orange. Some of the more
popular oranges in Florida right now are mutations of this type.

The ‘Valencia’ is one of the most juicy and flavorful oranges. It is most popular in South
Africa and the southern USA states. Until about 20 years ago, Valencia oranges made up a
strangely large portion of the orange market due to its popularity. It is thought to have been
invented in China. It has almost no seeds. Another subgroup of Valencia oranges are the
“Rhode Red Valencia” oranges. These were created around 1960, so they are slightly more
recent than other types. Various mutations occurred and the trees that grew as a product of
them were large and extremely hardy. The oranges themselves are juicier and less acidic
than the standard Valencia oranges.

Orange trees are a great thing to get planted, because with just a little effort in the planting
process you will be able to enjoy hundreds of delicious fruits every year. Just pick whatever
orange sounds the most delicious, and go with it! Before you purchase a tree, you should of
course consult a local expert to make sure your desired type will flourish in your area.
Usually this won’t be a problem, but it is always good to make sure before you spend the
money and time.

Now, I hope you will consider points provided by me to buying and picking a tree for your
backyard or Orchid. In any case, I wish you happy Tree Plantation !

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