If it is your first time planting a fruit tree, it is safe to assume you are not an expert on the subject yet. Many fruit trees die in their early years because of poor care habits than any disease. Therefore, you must understand how to properly care for trees to ensure their immediate success as well as a healthy future.


Provide extra support for branches

During the initial stages of a tree’s life cycle, the roots, trunk, and branches strength have not fully developed yet to a self-supporting point. As a result, the combined weight is enough to occasionally snap off an entire branch if your tree is growing fruits.

If this is the case, you will need to provide external support for your branches. An effective way of doing this is to tie the sagging branches to something at a higher altitude or prop them up with boards.

As long as you can provide the support your tree needs in these early years, it should be enough to help until it has grown enough to bed independent.

Provide proper nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for the production of healthy fruits and is necessary for the tree to survive more than just one season. The exact requirements will vary depending on the type of tree, climate, and location.

If you are unsure, a nursery employee can be a reliable source for gathering this information. Just provide them with details such as the general appearance and living conditions of your tree. Most nursery employees are experienced and should be able to help improve the state of your tree.

Do not over water

Many people believe that providing an insane amount of water is the only way to ensure a tree’s healthiness. This is not the case at all; giving too much water to a tree can be more harmful.

Overwatering can have a negative effect on the taste of the fruits or, cause your entire tree to die. Therefore, providing insane amounts of water should never be the first resort!

Try to solve your tree’s health by going to the root of the problem, no pun intended. Go to where you suspect the problem may have originated from, and try to fix that.

Prune away unhealthy growths

If you are already starting to see unhealthy branches that look either diseased or damaged it may be too late. In such cases, the damage is often irreversible and the only solution is to remove them.

At this stage, the tree is only wasting nutrients by sending them out to the branch that cannot be saved. In other words, it is depriving nutrients that it could use on the other healthier branches.

Immediately remove any branches as soon as you start seeing signs of deteriorating or decline in health. In some cases, complete removal may not be an option since it would do more harm. Nevertheless, at the very least you should trim down the unhealthy parts while leaving all the segments that still look like they could continue growing.

Collect fruits before they root

Once your tree has entered the picking stage you should collect any fruits that appear ready to fall or have already fallen. Likewise, gather and depose of any undesirable fruits both on the grown and on the tree. Once these fruits begin to rot, they will attract unwanted insects or diseases to the tree.

To avoid some unnecessary grief in the future by always remembering to rake up these fallen fruits.

Final thoughts

Although caring for a fruit tree may seem impossible sometimes because of all factors, it is not. Just remember to pay attention to the nutrients that your tree needs.

In addition, you need to figure out the correct amount of watering needed without drowning it. Just do all these things, and you should be on a good path to producing healthy fruits.