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Fruit Trees That Thrive With Little Water

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 9 December , 2015

The recent drought conditions in California have highlighted the need for homeowners to choose plants with water requirements in mind.  This is especially true for fruit trees, which traditionally take up a large portion of your water budget each week.  However, there are plenty of fruits that have adapted to the lack of water prevalent in their native lands, and choosing these trees can give you delicious produce while still conserving water resources.

 

Finding the Right Fruit for Your Yard

While some of the fruits that are particularly drought-tolerant are not well-known in California, such as the pitaya or loquat, citrus fruits are often surprisingly water-friendly as well.  Once a fruit tree has been established, it often needs to be watered only once a week or even less; some can survive on natural rainfall alone, even in times of drought.

A list of great fruits to consider when planting a drought-tolerant yard include olives, grapes, lingaro, persimmons, figs and pomegranates.  Most do not require fertilizers and grow best in full sun, leaving enough room to prune them at intervals for the best growth.

 

Planting a Fruit Tree

When you are considering where to place a new fruit tree, consider some of these options:

  • Find a level area where rainfall will naturally accumulate. You can make the most of the rain that does fall by locating your tree in a level area that will soak up moisture, rather than in a hilly spot where water will run off quickly.  Remember that in times of drought, water often does not penetrate the soil immediately due to dryness.  Therefore, the longer the water stays on the ground, the more likely it is to reach the roots of the plant.
  • Do not plant in shade. Fruit trees almost universally like the sun, so plant your tree where it will benefit the most from daily rays.
  • Consider hybrid options. Many fruits have been cross-bred to retain the best of two worlds.  Think about a hybrid of your favorite fruit crossed with an extremely drough-resistant strain.
  • Choose fruit you will eat. If you are not sure if you like a particular fruit, try it out before you buy and put time into raising a tree.

For more information on integrating fruit trees into your San Diego landscape, call Juniper Landscape Company today.  We can help you make your yard everything you want it to be!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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