Growing Fruit Trees in the Desert

Growing Fruit Trees in the Desert

A fruit tree provides tasty, fresh ripe fruit and also adds beauty to the landscape. Not to mention the deep satisfaction that we receive from picking fresh fruit from a tree. In addition to the above, a fruit tree can also provide shade and reduce utility costs if planted correctly.

Growing tree fruit is a form of permanent gardening which provides us continuous satisfaction. This is due to various activities in growing fruit trees such as pruning, irrigation, weed control, disease and insect control, bird control, fruit thinning and harvesting. Each kind of tree has different methods and it is important to practice these basic principles for a good harvest.

15 gallon Citrus Tree

Citrus Tree in the nursery

After you determine the kinds of fruit you want to grow and select the varieties adapted to your region, you can plant the tree and irrigate it well based on the below tips.

Planting, Irrigation and Mulching

Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the spread and length of the root system. Make sure the sides of the hole are loose as hardened walls will result in a root bound tree. Trim the diseased, dead, broken, or extra-long roots and place the tree in hole and spread roots. Fill the planting hole with water and then add soil to remove air from roots. In general, frequently planted trees need frequent and shallow irrigation. Fruit trees have an effective root zone of 3-4 feet deep after they develop and it is important to make sure the water reaches these deep roots when watering. A method to reduce water usage is mulching. Mulch such as tree bark, straw or hay, aids in preserving soil moisture resulting in less frequent irrigations.


For a large selection of desert suited fruit trees and more information, you can visit us at:

Agave Farms, 4300, North Central Ave, Phoenix.

A full list of our fruit trees is available at: List of all plants and trees



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