You’ve purchased your fruit trees, transported them home and now they are nestled safely in their designated place in your garden.
And now, you wait.
Fruit trees do not give the same seemingly instant gratification of many of the vegetables in your garden. By the time you purchase a cutting from a nursery, it has already spent years being nurtured from seed.
So how long do you have to wait for to enjoy the fruits of your labor? Let’s take a look at some commonly planted fruit trees and when you can expect a harvest:
Nothing signals the beginning of autumn quite like apple picking. Eating fresh, crunchy apples straight from the tree, and then bringing your haul home to turn into pies and applesauce – Yum!
To bring this experience home, you are going to have to wait a couple of years.
Most apple trees produce fruit during their third or fourth year, but some can take up to 10 years to produce fruit! It all depends on the variety; larger trees take longer, but dwarf varieties should give you fruit in the 3-4 year range.
Apple trees are very easy to maintain. Plant them somewhere sunny with good drainage, and you are good to go!
Pear trees are fast-growing, gaining height fairly quickly as well as producing fruit.
Like apple trees, dwarf varieties of pear trees will bear fruit sooner than larger varieties. Asian pears are also produced earlier.
A pear tree will begin to produce fruit around year 3, with a more full crop around years 5-7.
Pear trees are very easy to maintain in your garden. They are also one of the longest-lasting of the orchard trees, producing fruit for up to 75 years! Your great-grandchildren could enjoy pears from your tree!
You can expect your lemon tree to produce its first fruits in its third year – about 40 pounds’ worth of lemons between summer and winter.
The following year or two, that number more than doubles and you could enjoy up to 100 pounds of fruit during the harvest season!
Once your tree has reached maturity (around 5 years or so), you may have about 200 lbs of lemons during harvest. Time to set up that lemonade stand!
How about some freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning from your own trees?
If you are growing your orange tree from a cutting, you can expect to see fruit within 2 to 3 years. If you are starting from a seed, it will take about 15 years.
The two most common types of oranges grown in the U.S. are Navel and Valencia. Navel oranges are typically a winter crop, while Valencia reach maturity in the summer. If you grow a few different varieties, you could have ripe, juicy oranges year-round!
Planting a peach tree from a pit or a young tree should give you fruit in about 3-4 years.
Left unchecked, they can grow 25 feet tall and wide. For best results, and to ensure you can reach to pick ripe fruit, keep your peach tree pruned to about 15 feet high.
If your tree is healthy and well cared for, it should produce fruit for 15-20 years!
Avocados have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their many health benefits, but they can be pretty expensive! Growing your own could be a great solution.
An avocado tree grown from the pit takes up to 15 years to start bearing fruit, but if you purchase from a nursery, you can expect to see fruit within three to four years. Why pay extra for guac when you can make your own?