Examining the types of fruits

Not all types of fruit are suitable or easy for home gardens, owing to their size or growth and maintenance requirements. Date palms, for instance, or pineapple, are tough to grow. However, home gardeners do have a wide range of choices available. Here are some examples:

1 Tree fruits: Apple, apricot, cherry, citrus fruits, crabapple, pear, peach, nectarine, plum, avocado, loquat, kumquat, pineapple guava, pomegranate, persimmon, banana, and fig ri

All nuts are technically "seeded fruits," including peanuts! 1 Vine fruits: Grape and kiwi

1 Shrub fruits: Blackberry, raspberry, gooseberry, currant, and blueberry

1 Groundcovering fruits: Strawberry and melon (for info on growing melons, see Chapter 13, on vegetable gardening)

Another thing you might want to consider when looking at types of fruit is how long you have to wait before getting a yield. For instance, groundcovering fruits are annuals, at least in a climate that has frost, while strawberries are perennials, but both produce fruit the first year. Most shrub fruits take two or three years to yield substantial amounts of fruit. Fruit trees take a few to several years to bear, depending on variety and type of rootstock they're on. Dwarf fruit trees tend to bear sooner, within 3 years, while trees on standard root-stocks can take 4 or more years.

Most woody fruits can last many years. There are apple orchards and vineyards that are generations old. In general, when fruits start losing their productivity it is time to replace them with newer stock.

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