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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.
Standing under a tree which is heavily laden with juicy, fresh fruits has been fascinating for most of us; but unfortunately all of us are not blessed with the kind of fertile soil that is necessary for growing fruit trees. Agricultural advancement has the capability to fulfill this grower’s dream, no matter what kind of soil is present in our garden. Employing hydroponics to grow fruits can turn out to be a sheer boon for such growers who have nutrient deficient soil in their backyard, struggling with bad weather or pests, or who want complete control over their plants’ growing conditions.
However, one must keep in mind that all fruit trees don’t flourish in hydroponic style of gardening. Water-retaining plants such as succulents make a bad choice for hydroponic growing. Water-loving plants such as watermelons and cantaloupe can grow best in the water environment of hydroponics. Most of the species of berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are ideal for growing in such medium. Apart from that you can also grow both table and wine grapes with this technique. This unconventional method of farming can also be utilized to produce banana and citrus trees reaping you huge benefits.
With this technique, growers can get the desired yield of fruits, vegetables and even flowers even when they are out of season! All you have to do is to give appropriate nutrients in the form of solution, correct lighting and maintain perfect pH and temperature in your hydroponic grow room. Fruit trees and plants are very sensitive to all these factors and a slight change can cause a huge loss of crop!
As soil is not used in hydroponics, many growers have doubts regarding the ‘healthiness’ of such fruits grown hydroponically, but surprisingly they are as healthy, in fact much more than the ones grown in soil. Just like soil, all the required nutrients are directly taken up by the plants from the nutrient solution and all you have to do now is to watch your fruit trees grow up and get ready for a healthy harvest which you can be proud of!