Have you always wanted to have your own orchard? Do you have room for an orchard? Do you want an orchard but are lacking the outdoor space to do so? Let us take a closer look.
There are so many varieties of fruit trees that are Zone 4 hardy now that there is one for nearly every need. Apple, peach, apricot, cherry, plum, and pear are all trees that successfully grow in Minnesota.
One thing to keep in mind is pollination. Cherry trees, for example, are self-fertile. This means that you can have a crop of cherries with just one tree. The other trees mentioned here are self-sterile. This means that to have a successful crop you must have two or more varieties of each fruit that also bloom at the same time. There are several varieties of each fruit now for our area, and the list is continually growing.
Be sure to keep in mind how big you want each tree to get, and ensure you have room for all of them at mature size. If you don’t allow each tree the space it needs it will not be healthy and will not produce a quality crop. Also bear in mind what varieties are good at pollinating each other, and what time of season they bloom to allow for proper pollination.
~ Suggestion by Derek Tweten, Landscape Manager at Barrett Lawn Care. Derek has years of experience in many aspects of landscaping. For more information, Derek can be reached at 612-866-7522 or info@BarrettLawnCare.com.