The Amazing History of the Fig Tree
The most famous Biblical reference to figs is that, in which Jesus cursed a fig tree for not producing any fruit for him as he passed by, a curse that killed the fig tree. (Matt 21:18)
The Jewish King, Hezekiah, was cured of a life-threatening plague by applying figs to the infected spot. (2 Kings 20)
The Apostle, James, brother of Jesus, used the metaphor of the fig tree to describe the appropriate behavior that he expected to follow from Christian living. (James 3:12)
Fig leaves were used in the early church to hide the genitalia of nude, marble sculptures that adorned religious buildings. Fig trees were also used in ancient history as shade trees and to chop and use as quick start firewood.
The Many Types of Cherry Trees
There are hundreds of different varieties of cherry. The word Cherry is derived from the name of an ancient city in Turkey. It describes both the tree and the fruit it produces.
A cherry fruit is classified as a “drupe”. In the center it has a single hard core that holds the seed. The outside of the fruit is smooth and might have a small groove down one side.
Why Not Consider Growing Dwarf Fruit Trees?
You are a avid gardener but don't have enough space to live out your passion for gardening. Dwarf fruit trees is the solution. The dwarf fruit tree is a smaller tree that still produce regular sized fruits.
Miniature fruit trees are very popular with backyard and balcony gardeners who wants a variety of their favorite fruits. Growing your own dwarf fruit trees in your backyard or patio is possible with a bit of effort. Soon a mini orchard will be on the patio.
Dwarf fruit trees are perfect where you only has a limited amount of outdoor space. The dwarf fruit trees can actually be left in potted containers.
Planting Fruit Trees Though there are some plants that will grow for you year in and year out, the best type of permanent plant to put into your yard or anywhere else on your property would be fruit trees. Not only are trees harder to kill, they generally add a natural beauty to any property. Fruit is something that everyone loves, and having your own supply, not matter how small, is very nice. If you want to draw animals to your property, fruit trees are a good way to do that. What you can plant greatly depends on where you live. In most climates where there are four seasons, there are some fruit trees that usually grow well, though an early frost can hurt the fruit. Apple trees are very resilient and grow in such areas very easily. The same type of climate can also support cherry trees, peach trees, and large bushed berries like huckleberries, blueberries and blackberries. These types of fruit trees will not only give you some pie or other dessert filling, they will also be quite beautiful in your yard or in the fields if you want to have more than just one or two trees. If you live in an area that has warmer weather throughout the year, you can have a bigger variety of fruit trees for your own personal use. You can have also have trees that are a bit touchier to frost and that have a longer growing season. These fruit trees include things like oranges and most other citrus that grows on a tree, and for more tropical areas (high humidity) - pineapple and banana trees. There are others as well, though these are the most common for those that just want to have a few trees outside for beauty as well as function. There are some things about fruit trees that you have to know. Though they are generally very hard to kill, there still need some attention. In order to keep them healthy, they need to be pruned and trimmed each year. They might do very well without it, but it is something to be done once in a while with any fruit tree. Not all trees produce fruit when they should, so don't think the tree is a waste if you have a bad year. Some years are just better than others for growing and pests that may harm trees. When planting fruit trees, remember to give them some space to grow. If you put them too close together they are going to have to share resources rather than spreading out as they should. For healthier trees, plant them as far apart as you imagine they need to be when fully grown. They should not require too much upkeep after planting, but you do want to water them if you are having a particularly dry year, and watch for signs of rot and bug infestation. Some will need support, so stake them if necessary. One day, you will [...]
When growing a fruit tree, choosing the right place to plant it is very important. One thing that you have to consider is its proximity to a building, electric line, side walk, or any other thing that might disrupt its growing. Once you have planted a fruit tree, the chances of unearthing it and changing its spot without killing it are very slim. Therefore, you must always be sure you know which size fruit tree you have (dwarf, semi dwarf, or standard) and how big it will end up being once it is an adult. Dwarf trees need an area with a 3 meter diameter to grow. Semi-dwarf fruit trees can grow up to 5 meter wide. Standard fruit trees can grow as wide as 9 meter. To keep the size of your fruit tree(s) at whatever level is best for you, be sure to prune them at least once a year. Another thing that you have to consider when planting a fruit tree it whether or not it is getting all of the sunlight it needs to survive. If your tree doesn't get just the right amount of sun, it will die. Be sure that you do not plant it where the sunlight will be blocked by something. An important thing to keep in mind when choosing a spot for your tree is whether it will be convenient for watering, harvesting, and pruning. A place that would not be good to plant a fruit tree is close to your house or your fence. Any of these things could get in the way of you harvesting and pruning. If your tree grows over your fence, the fruit could drop into your neighbour’s yard, which might seem like a nice thing but would probably offend some people. If you have a sprinkler system in your yard, it would be nice if the sprinkler could reach it. One of the most important things of all to keep in mind when planting a fruit tree is whether the soil in your yard is suitable for your tree. You have to make sure that is has enough nutrients, moisture, proper water drainage so your tree doesn't drown and the soil is the right texture. If your soil doesn't have these traits then your tree won't grow very well or produce good fruit. You can always alter your soil to be more suitable for your tree. One way that you can find out what kind of soil you have is by taking a sample of it and taking it to a lab. It may be expensive, but they can test it for what nutrients it has the most of. You'll have the results back in a couple of days. If your soil is low in nutrients, you can go to your local nursery or any other store with gardening supplies, and get fertilizer according to what your soil is most lacking in. After you have checked on all of these things, you are finally ready [...]