How to Grow and Care for a Tropical Fruit Tree


You would probably be considered a beginner if you have just planted your first tropical fruit tree. Having the proper knowledge about tropical fruit trees and how they should be cared for is important since the majority of tropical fruit trees die from negligence than any type of disease or pests. It is a good idea to learn as much as you can about tropical fruit trees to not only start them off on a positive note, but to give them a healthy future as well.

During the tree’s beginning stages of life, the tree is not yet strong enough to support itself. This includes the trunk, the branches and even the roots of the tree. Because you are growing a tropical fruit tree, it will eventually bear fruit that can be heavy enough to break the underdeveloped branches. So it is a good idea to provide some type of support to the branches. You can use a board to prop them up, or you can tie the branches to something above them; it mostly doesn’t matter, as long as the branches are receiving support. With this support, your tropical fruit tree will become completely independent.

Giving your tree the right type and amount of nourishment and nutrition is crucial not only for great tasting fruits, but to ensure that your tree will live a life longer than a single season. Since the exact nourishment recommendations vary with the different types of trees and climates, your best bet is to consult with a nursery employee. True, they may be adamant about selling you that pack of fertilizer, but I have found that they are almost always right. Simply describe to them your situation, such as the type of tree you have, the condition it is living in and its current health status and they can assist you.

Some people believe that the one way to ensure you have a healthy and thriving tree is to give it a ridiculous amount of water. In fact, the very opposite is true; if you give your tree too much water, it can actually be more harmful than making your tree go thirsty. The best possible outcome from an over watered tree is bad tasting fruit. But the worst possible outcome is killing the entire tree and never being able to grow a tropical fruit tree again. So never think that water is a cure for all of your tree’s ailments. If there is a problem with your tree, find where the problem originates and treat it from there.

If your tree has already started to exhibit unhealthy signs and the branches are either dead or damaged, remove them immediately. Leaving the dead branches there, the tree will send out nutrients to branches that cannot use them, thus causing the tree to simply waste nutrients. Only trim the unhealthy branches; do not get carried away and cut off branches just because they are longer than others!

When the fruit is finally ready to be picked off your tree, go ahead and pick off every piece. Do not leave any fruit on laying the ground, or let any rotten fruit hang from the tree. The rot can eventually spread and cause the entire tree to develop diseases and unwanted insects. Picking the fruits from the ground, as well as from the tree, can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

It may seem like a daunting task to take care of a tree and keep it healthy throughout its whole lifetime. Yet as long as you supply it with the proper nutrients and care, your tree should fare just well. Don’t forget to find out how much water your tree needs without drowning it. If you follow all of these steps, you will have both a healthy tree and delicious fruit.

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About the Author: Greenery always attracts Arthur Kunkle. He has a big garden where he plants many fruits and vegetables. His passion for gardening motivates him to write and share different tips on gardening.

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