Fruit plants for every Garden, Terrace or Balcony!
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Fruit from your own garden
What could be tastier than fresh fruit, picked right from the bush or tree? Most types of fruit are easy to grow and produce a generous harvest of delicious fruit. In every garden there is a place to plant a fruit bush or fruit tree. Fruit is tasty and healthy and contains a large amount of vitamins and minerals. And, when growing fruit yourself, you can be sure the fruit is unsprayed. Super healthy in other words!
We need to distinguish between so-called 'berries' and 'berries'. The term 'small fruit' indicates perennial plants and shrubs that do not grow very large. For example, berry bushes, blackberries and raspberries, but strawberries are also small fruits. If space is limited, choose small fruits that can grow against a wall or pergola, such as a blackberry, grape or kiwi. Small fruits do not require much space, but will surprise you with a big harvest.
When we talk about 'large fruit', we are talking about fruit trees, such as apple trees and pear trees. Given enough space, fruit trees are beautiful in the garden. In spring, the branches of fruit trees are adorned with white or soft pink blossom, from late summer the fruit is ripe and often the foliage takes on an attractive autumn colour as well. Within the large fruit/fruit tree group, there are also low-growing varieties, such as columnar, half-standard and low-trunk forms. These low-growing fruit trees can also be planted in a spacious patio and/or balcony container. So you can enjoy home-grown apples, pears and plums on the terrace or balcony too!
Growing your own fruit on the patio or balcony is also possible, of course! Many types of fruit grow well in a spacious pot or container. Specially cultivated small and low-growing fruit trees and bushes take up very little space. Try a pillar pear, blueberries, climbing strawberries, a mini kiwi, yellow raspberries, goji berries, apple melon or a dwarf apple. Provide a spacious pot with holes in the bottom and use fresh potting soil. Place the pot in a sunny spot and water regularly. Success guaranteed!
Pollination of fruit trees
Fruit develops after pollination of the flowers (blossom) by insects. The pollen from one flower is transferred by a bee or another insect to the stigma of another flower, after which fertilisation can occur. This is called cross-pollination. Many fruits require a special pollinator, another form of the same species, to achieve fruit formation. This includes apples, cherries, plums, pears and peaches. There are also self-pollinators, in this case the pollen is transferred to the stigma of the same flower, so it does not require another tree.
Eating fruit is healthy! Eat as many different fruits as possible to get all the important nutrients. Fruit is low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. Fruit also contains a lot of water and dietary fibre. These make you feel satiated. In fact, eating fruit satiates more than drinking it.