10 Tips for Growing Fruit Trees at Home

Pollination

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If you want to harvest fruit, then you need to keep the birds and the bees in mind or else you'll end up with nothing but blooms: Either choose a fruit tree that's self-pollinating, meaning the male and female flowers are on the same plant so a single tree is enough -- or expect to plant two trees (in different varieties) for fruits that need cross-pollination.

Nectarines, peaches, and citrus trees are popular self-pollinators; cross-pollinating plants include apples, pears, and plums. (Lemon and orange trees can fit into either category, depending on the variety, so ask the experts at your local nursery.)

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