Growing Date Trees
If you like the delicious sweet taste of the date fruits, you may think of grow one or two date trees in your backyard. Date fruits are mainly produced in Middle East and African countries. The climate in these countries most suit for the preference of the date palm tree, the hot dry weather. If you home is located in a zone with such climates, some date trees may be a good choice for you. Growing a date tree from the seed can bring you a lot of fun and gardening experience. Also, some healthy date trees can bring your family adequate fresh date fruits.
It is recommended to plant at least one male tree and one female tree in the yard to produce some fruits. You should do some planning beforehand to leave enough room for these trees. You are advised to avoid planting them from the seeds because it is very hard to differentiate the gender of the seeds. The best choice is to buy some cultivated healthy male and female tree seedlings from the local nurseries to save time and get the correct tree gender for convenience. The seedlings are usually trimmed from the healthy adult trees whose gender can be easily recognized.
It might take a long time for your date trees to grow dates. So, do not lose your temper if you cannot seed any fruits on the tree. You should avoid over-watering your tree which will severely weaken their health. Unlike most flowering trees, date trees cannot be pollinated by insects. The common natural way of pollination for date trees is the wind. To facilitate the process of fruiting, you are advised to do some pollination work by yourself. This can increase the chance of your trees being pollinated. You need to collect the pollen produced by male trees and rub it on the flowers of the female trees. It can be an easy job if you get used to it. When your tree is starting to produce fruits, you should get rid of some small dates regularly to reserve resources for the big ones if you do not want to get a lot of small fruits during the harvest season.
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