So how long do you have to wait in eager anticipation for your fruit trees to start fruiting after you’ve tenderly planted them in your garden? Well there’s a lot of factors at play here – what kind of tree it is, the length of time it’s been growing in a pot, whether it’s grafted or a seedling, it’s condition and suitability to your climate, and how well you’ve been looking after it since planting!
In our garden, we started planting fruit trees in December 2007 – about three and a half years ago. We’ve mainly planted mainly grafted fruit trees we got from various nurseries. Grafted fruit trees are grown not from seed, but by taking a cutting and making it grow on a different kind of tree – the ‘root stock’. For many fruit trees, grafted trees set fruit faster, and are more reliable, meaning you know you’re going to get delicious, good quality fruit.
In our subtropical climate, the trees which have produced fruit for us within just over three years are:
- Acerola cherry
- Apricot (Divinity)
- Atherton raspberry
- Brazilian cherry
- Cherimoya and custard apple
- Cherry of the Rio Grande
- Citrus (oranges, mandarin, grape fruit, lemon, lime)
- Fig (Excel, white genoa, white adriatica, prolific)
- Grapes (Pink Iona and Golden musket)
- Guavas (Yellow cherry, Hawaiian and Mexican cream)
- Loquat (nagasakiwase)
- Olive (Kalamata)
- Panama Berry
- Paw paw
- Peach (dwarf)
- Peanut butter fruit
- Persimmon (Fuyu)
- Plum (Golf gold)
- Rose apple
Next year we’re hoping to have the first tastes of our star fruit (carambola), longan, lychee, mango, sapodilla, grumichama and wampee. Exciting times ahead!
A helpful site for sharing info about growing fruit trees in your local area is Daley’s My Edibles. We’ve created a page there with some more images and info about the trees we’re growing here in Wollongong.
P.S - Thanks to Belinda for inspiring this post by asking how us if we’ve been recording how long it’s taken for our fruit trees to start fruiting. We love suggestions for topics you’d like to see us write about, so please let us know if you have any suggestions!