There’s an old proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
In a culture that is largely inundated with instant gratification, the natural process of growing fruit trees may seem like an eternity. It’s not uncommon for people to list time as one of their top reasons for not growing food — time that has less to do with planting and more to do with waiting; however, any gardener will remind you that anything worth doing is worth waiting for.
So, on average, how long is it before you should expect to see fruit from your newly planted trees? Take a look.
*Stark Bro’s Trees are 1-2 years old when shipped. “Years Until Fruit” begins counting after the trees are transplanted into your growing space.
|Fruit Tree Type||Years Until Fruit|
|Apple Trees||2-5 years|
|Apricot Trees||2-5 years|
|Banana Plants||2-3 years|
|Cherry Trees (sour)||3-5 years|
|Cherry Trees (sweet)||4-7 years|
|Citrus Trees||1-2 years|
|Fig Trees||1-2 years|
|Mulberry Trees||2-3 years|
|Nectarine Trees||2-4 years|
|Olive Trees||2-3 years|
|Pawpaw Trees||5-7 years|
|Peach Trees||2-4 years|
|Pear Trees||4-6 years|
|Persimmon Trees||3-4 years|
|Plum Trees||3-6 years|
Well what do you think? Are the time-frames about what you expected? Longer? Shorter? You will find that fruit trees like apples, apricots, nectarines, and peaches are the most viable solutions for short-term home owners — increasing property value — and a treat to leave for the next occupants! Those who can grow citrus trees comfortably, well, you’ve got it good — fresh-squeezed orange juice in the morning and lemonade in the summer! For us colder-zoned folks, citrus trees can be grown in containers and brought inside over the winter, should we want to try our hand at growing these tasty fruits.
Hitting the top of the waiting list are sweet cherries and pawpaws. These edibles require a longer-term commitment, so it’s best to get these started right away so that you can enjoy the edibles you love as soon as possible! While they’re growing, these trees make for some beautiful landscape additions.