Growing fruit trees in Phoenix, Arizona
In this article, I will discuss which fruit trees are better in Arizona
The first thing I want to do is to smash your dream of planting tropical trees. I have seen its completion, but the effort has far exceeded the rewards. If you want to plant mango trees or avocado trees in your yard, I suggest moving to Hawaii, because that is not the climate we live in. Those who successfully plant tropical fruit trees in the Phoenix area must plan carefully. Length of resistance to frost. They must cover the trees at night and place lights under the trees to help them through the winter. They must also do their utmost to resist the heat. I said forget it and plant something you want to grow here, unless tropical trees are just a hobby for you.
Although the weather in Phoenix is cold, it is not cold enough for many stone fruits. Most stone fruits require a certain amount of cooling time to produce fruit. I may explain the chill time lengthily, or tell you not to buy anything that requires more than 400 chill time. This excludes cold-loving plants such as cherries and many apples.
Apples that grow well here are more of what I think are “cooking grade” apples. Some people claim that Fuji Apple will succeed, but it all depends on spending a cold year. As far as I am concerned, growing apples in the Phoenix Desert is not much different from tropical areas: it’s not worth it except for lovers.
Now, let’s focus on the trees that thrive in Arizona:
Hickory performs very well here, and I want to say that it is one of the best trees around because it can provide good food and shade as well as high-quality wood for cooking. It is a tree that can provide a lot of things. It only needs water and occasional pruning to blow the wind onto the branches. A good arborist is much better at making pecans than wind.
Mulberry trees are abundant in Phoenix, and their value is underestimated. The most planted varieties rarely have fruitful fruits, which is why the reputation of mulberry trees is not so good. Personally, I am a loyal supporter of Oscar and Pakistani mulberry varieties, and nod to Oscar’s deliciousness. These trees also grow very fast, and apart from water consumption, I can’t think of any trees that I don’t like.
In Phoenix, there are several kinds of peaches that are good, and I have never seen a peach that I don’t like. I recommend planting several different types of plants together. To save space in your yard, you can trim them to keep the trees small (I will show you how to do it). Since the various types of peaches naturally mature at slightly different times, the peach blossom season is longer compared to an orchard with only one variety. This will definitely extend your lifespan, because everyone knows that a long peach blossom season equals longevity.
I have seen many successful plum trees here, although I am not sure which variety is the best choice. The plums I planted myself are not doing well, but there must be some plum varieties that look great here. I will grow a few and keep the ones that produce the best taste.
A fruit tree is not technically a tree, but the fruit it produces is considered excellent and delicious in some countries: it is a date palm. Dates are the opposite of pecans because it takes a lot of work to produce a lot of dates. They grow well in Phoenix, but they need a lot of water to thrive. If you imagine a desert oasis, it will be the place where the date was discovered. The growers of commercial dates raise their palms 6 or more times a year to pollinate, thin and finally harvest the dates. If you really want to reap the date, you can do it, but it is definitely the work of love. One thing to keep in mind is that if dates are grown from the side branches of a recognized fruit producing variety, they can only reproduce “true”. You can grow date seeds and obtain date palm trees, but they usually do not produce edible fruit. That being said, the famous black sphinx jujube variety is a seedling that was planted in Phoenix many years ago.
So now for a very cool thing: the. This rare fruit tree is native to southern China and is obviously similar to the climate of Phoenix. These trees thrive here and bear amazing fruits. This is a peculiar fruit, very strange to your ordinary people, so I am not sure how to describe it. You just need to believe me, these trees are worth a try. It takes about five years for this tree to bear fruit, but you should have a lot after that.
Pomegranate did a great job in Phoenix. Sometimes it may be difficult to fully ripen the fruit, plus the beautiful ruby red that we expect. This can usually be solved by covering the plants with a transparent plastic sheet on the day of the hottest month. This leads to a large temperature difference between day and night and may trigger the maturation process. The pomegranate also spreads rapidly due to the growth of suction cups, and requires constant pruning to confine it within its original space.
All kinds of citrus are grown here. I will list some names that I think are often overlooked but should not be overlooked: kumquat, golden pomelo, mandarin and yellow lime. These are rare, but their taste is amazing. I hope more people will know about them.
The best advice I can offer is to buy small trees, buy a lot of trees, and please be patient. Before you know it, you will have too much fruit and you will not know what to do. If you need more information, I suggest you go to the Arizona Rare Fruit Growers Club and several permaculture sites that are specifically planted in the Phoenix area.