Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Fruit Tree Decisions

When deciding on what fruit trees and where and how you will plant and harvest them consider these points. Many fruit trees can grow very large and their roots can travel upto 3 – 5 times the height of the tree seeking water and nutrients and become damaged if you dig around them.




Control their size by pruning. Start early when the tree is young to create the best shape for your garden. Purchase trees that have been grafted onto dwarf rootstock.

Check which time of year and how much to cut that will benefit the tree. Control using a large pot or planter box and or espaliering to a flatten or lower shape.

Plant close together. Restricting the trees ability to spread will effectively reduce the size. Fruit trees can be grouped as close as 1 metre from each other.

A wicking bed or planter box can achieve this easily. Create a fruit hedge.

Keep the soil moist. If the soil is kept damp the plant can access all the nutrients and water requirements needed during the growing period.

Drip feed hoses, especially under the root zone as in wicking beds give best results. Plant where run off from paving or hard surfaces can be utilised.

Improve pollination success by protecting flowers (and bees) from harsh winds.

Plant a windbreak or arrange temporary shelter.

Ensure fruit set by planting in a sunny aspect. Protect from harsh summer sun.

If in pots move to capture the sunlight. Use shade-cloth in harsh summer temperatures.

Feed your fruit trees so they can feed you

Keep at least one compost bin and or a worm farm to add back nutrients and rebalance the PH levels of your soil.

Tree roots can travel up to 3 to 5 times the height of the tree and may penetrate drains or lift up paving and footings. When planting in the garden map underground services such as electricity, gas, water and drainage.

Plan where you can safely plant or restrict potential problems with root barriers or use of wicking beds or pots.

Leave sufficient space around the fruit tree for access to the fruit.

Restrict the height or use espaliering to direct the shape of your fruit trees.


Let us know if you have any other handy hints