It’s a myth that in order to enjoy the taste of succulent, fresh, juicy fruits, you need to possess a big fertile backyard garden with favorable climatic conditions. In fact all you need is to be little wise in choosing and planting fruit trees. It’s not magic; any fruit plant, which has the right equilibrium of water, nutrients, sunlight and aeration, will grow healthily and build up natural resistance against insect pests and diseases. Depending on the space available and the climatic zone in which you live, you can narrow your choices for growing fruits that you like to eat. This would enhance your gardening interest and will give you minimal disease problems with a better yield. If you’re in tropical areas, you can grow carambola, gooseberry, papaya, etc. If you’re in sub-tropical areas, you can try your hands on jaboticaba, cherry, passion fruit, strawberry guava, etc. If you’re in temperate areas then try growing apples, blueberry, hazelnut, peach, plums and many more. If you’re growing in Mediterranean regions, then opt for figs, grapes, mulberry, or pomegranates.
With the advent of indoor hydroponics, space availability, soil conditions, and climatic conditions are no more a hindrance for your fruit garden; but as a dedicated grower and a fruit lover, you would have to ensure that all the nutrient and oxygen requirements of your fruit trees have been met and the trees are growing stable. With hydroponics, you can completely control your grow room environment, and simulate the weather conditions required to grow your favorite fruit. In a hydroponic garden, where the fruit trees are grown in a soilless nutrient medium, you would need to choose from the plants like bananas, lemons, and avocados that grow well in a hydroponics systems, and adjust the nutrient conditions right according to fruit type. If you’re facing problems with fruiting, please take care of the following:
- Check whether the pollination requirements are met. Give them proper support to enable them grow vertically.
- Keep a check on pests and other disease causing pathogens
- Choose the dwarf varieties and multi-grafted fruit trees so it doesn’t take much space and gives you maximum yield with range of flavors to enjoy.
- Make sure that you place proper grow lights, which emit light of appropriate wavelength as fruit trees need very balanced natural light to process nutrient, get energy, and give out that excellent eye-catching color that you love.
Remember, there is always room for at least one fruit tree in your limited, inner city courtyard or in your room or may be balcony, if you have longing for a vivacious fruit tree in your heart.