Soil For Fruit Trees

Soil For Fruit Trees


The soil for fruit trees is a very important factor to determine if they can produce good quality fruits. Although trees need full sunlight and adequate nutrition for their growth, they need well-drained soil with at least one meter in depth. The first thing you need to do is do a PH test for the soil. Different type of fruits trees usually need diverse PH soils. Most fruit trees are happy to grow in soil whose PH is around 6. Some trees prefer slightly acid soils such as citrus trees.


The soil test can also help you to determine which nutritional elements the soil requires. Some basic nutritional elements which can be added to the soil include nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. You should apply some fertilizers some time before planting any trees. Lime is a good source to increase the PH value of the soil. However, you should not use lime and nitrogen at the same time to avoid them interacting with each other. Nitrogen can increase the production of the fruits and Phosphorus is a good for tree roots.

Another factor for preparing soil for fruit trees is that they need to be planted in well-drained soils. You can grab some soil samples using hands to test the moisture strength. Soil which is too dry or too wet is not suitable for planting fruit trees. You also need to do some cleaning work in the planting area to remove weeds. You should avoid the new tree seed competing for resources with any weeds or other plants. Chemical weed removers should be avoided since it will have neglect influence on the new trees.

When planting the trees, the hole for holding the tree’s root ball should be around twice or triple size of the ball. The height of the hole should be the same as the root ball. This can prevent the root ball from sinking to the hole too much.

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