Garden plants of the month for March - Blossoming trees
Blossoming trees come in all shapes and sizes. As trees, they all have similar traits: a medium-height trunk, blossoms in the spring, a thick, a thick crown of pointed, dark-green leaves afterwards and then the fruit. There is an enormous selection to choose from: apples, plums, peaches, you name it! For those lacking in outdoor space, there are plenty of compact variants that can go in a pot on your terrace or balcony. There are even trees that produce different types of apples, plums, or peaches.
Caring for a fruit tree
- Blossoming trees love the sun, with some shade every day or so.
- Plant blossoming trees in deeply, so that they are rooted firmly in well-draining soil.
- Give the plants a lot of water right away, then you can begin watering them normally.
- When flowering and growing, give them organic fertiliser once per month; the rest of time, once per season is enough.
Pruning fruit trees
Prune apple and peach trees in March, right after winter but before flowering. Plum trees are best pruned in late summer, after being harvested. Flowers and night frost? Cover the tree with horticultural fleece, or spray the flowers so that they temporarily freeze: this actually increases the chance of harvesting fruit later.
TriviaAll blossoming trees grow in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The apple and plum trees are native to Central Asia and the peach tree comes from north-west China, but was brought to the West via the former Silk Road. All in all, they have been a part of the living environments of Eurasian people for ages, as well as a part of their menus.