How to Grow Your Own Columnar Fruit Trees?
If you dream of having your own fruit orchard but your wish seems impossible because you live in an urban setting, you should consider growing hybrid species of trees, known as columnar fruit trees or urban fruit trees. These fruit tree varieties are also called Pillarettes and Minarettes.
They grow in clusters along a trunk that resembles a spire, and they occupy just a small amount of space because they grow in height, rather than in width. These trees have short branches, which makes them suitable for small gardens in urban environments.
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Columnar Fruit Trees
The columnar fruit trees have a sophisticated appearance that is appealing for city settings. You can place them at the entrance of your garden, or you may use them to embellish your porch. And the best thing is that you will be able to enjoy your own organic fruit whenever you please.
Tips for Growing Columnar Fruit Trees
The columnar fruit trees are very easy to grow. They can be cultivated in USDA zones 4-8, meaning that they are tolerant to different climate conditions. The only weather conditions which aren’t suitable for these trees are extremely hot or cold climates.
Here are a few tips that can help you to grow your own dwarf fruit trees:
- The dwarf fruit trees thrive in containers, which enables you to control their growing environment. A proper container size for a columnar tree is 20 inches wide and deep. Space the containers 2-3 feet apart. Optionally, you can plant the trees in the ground, spacing them about 2 feet apart.
- The columnar fruit trees need a lot of sunlight and regular watering. Make sure that the soil is never too dry or too soggy. Also, you need to nourish them with a good-quality fertilizer while they are growing.
- Cultivate at least two trees of two separate varieties in order to enable cross-pollination. This is required so that the tree can successfully produce fruit.
- Trim the weak and damaged branches. This will allow the strong branches to support the weight of the fruits. You should do this regularly in the initial stage of their growth. In the more mature stages, you may prune only as needed.