G’day! I’m Mark from Self Sufficient Me
and in this video I’m going to give you my
5 top fruit trees that are just too easy to grow.
So easy in fact, that
you’ll feel like it’s stealing
for harvesting fruit
that you’ve hardly lifted a finger to produce.
Let’s get into it!
Number 1: Lemons. Did you know if it
wasn’t for humans, lemons wouldn’t exist?
That’s right, this fruit is man-made.
The original lemon was a cross between
a Citron, the original citrus fruit native to India
and a bitter orange, probably cross bred 1000+
years ago, before making its way into ancient Rome
and becoming famous in modern Italy.
But you might say, ‘What about the wild
bush lemon, or the rough lemon Mark?’
I’m growing one right here. Doesn’t it
grow wild in Australia, and from seed?
Good point, but even this tree here is a
cross between a mandarin and a citron
which reminds me, I’ve got to get a citron.
There are lots of lemon varieties to choose from.
They’re all easy to grow, and they provide
an immeasurable service to world food.
I mean where would we be without lemons?
No lemon face to start off with.
Lemons are very hardy plants and will
grow in most soils and climate ranges
even in colder climates that
can get into the minuses.
Lemons are the coldest-tolerant variety of citrus.
Some lemon trees are reported to survive
in places that get down to -10º Celsius.
They also do very well in containers,
and can fruit profusely
so are really good for small spaces.
and considering one lemon fruit can
go quite a long way in the kitchen
it’s a great tree to grow.
No wonder for the saying
‘Every backyard should have a lemon tree’
because it’s so true.
Number 2: Plum.
Know the saying ‘Plum job,’
meaning ‘an easy job’?
Well in the old English days, plum meant
£1000, which was a lot of money back then.
Plum also was slang for soft
hence the saying plum job to
describe an easy job that pays well.
And a plum tree is an easy tree to grow
that pays you well in fruit.
See what I did there?
Even a small plum tree can be
worthwhile growing due to its productivity
and grafted varieties can start
setting fruit within the first year.
Plums are not fussy when
it comes to growing conditions
and can do well in most soils and climates.
Typically plums are a cold climate
plant, needing a winter chill
which means they need a cooler
temperature to trigger flowering and fruiting.
But here in the sub-tropics you can now get
different varieties that have a low chill factor
makes them fruit profusely
through even this climate.
So that’s in the corner, like little Jack Horner
Pull out your thumb, and grow a plum.
Number 3: Mulberry. That rhymes also!
So does ‘smooth as silk.’
And since mulberry leaves are
the only food source for silk worms
it’s not surprising that the mulberry is one
of the most significant fruit trees in history
since it was silk that first opened up the world
to international trade over 2000 years ago.
The original silk worm mulberry was
the white variety from central China
although the black mulberry from western
Asia is considered the best eating
and often called the English mulberry despite
being imported into the UK in the early 1700s.
The other significant variety of mulberry is the red,
which is native to eastern United States.
Anyway, all three varieties of
mulberry are worth growing
and of course, there are
many hybrid varieties also
that are well adapted to
all sorts of soils and climates.
In fact in some areas these trees
are considered an invasive plant.
Nevertheless, no one can deny how
good a fresh black mulberry is to eat
plucked straight off the tree, or stewed up as
a mulberry pie; made into mulberry jam, yum!
The thing is mulberries don’t have a very good
shelf life and they’re best either preserved
or eaten straight after picking off the tree.
And that’s why growing your
own is such a huge advantage.
You can easily start a mulberry tree from a
cutting, creating a clone of the original tree
by cutting off a section of mulberry
just as the new growing season begins
and bung it into a pot of soil, it should
take root and grow in no time at all.
Mulberries grow fast and will
begin fruiting early on young trees
so you won’t have to wait long
to enjoy this amazing fruit.
You may not be able to make
a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
but you can easily grow and eat the fruit
from this famous and ancient fruit tree.
Number 4: Kumquats.
Kumquats are a variety of citrus
that look like mini oranges
but they are not oranges at all. In fact,
they’re a completely different species.
Kumquats originated in South East Asia,
and were imported into Europe in the 1800s.
There are several reasons why this makes my
Top 5 Fruit Trees that are too easy to grow.
Firstly, it grows in all types of soil.
I have it growing here directly in hard
red clay, and look how well it’s doing.
It has a huge climate range,
withstanding hot and cold conditions.
The round variety of kumquat
is the best for cold climates
whereas the variegated leaf, like this
one here, aren’t as easy to grow
and the oval shapes ones don’t
do as well in colder climates.
Kumquats produce heaps of fruit
and almost all year round here in the sub-tropics.
I tell you what, it’d be pretty hard to
get scurvy if you grew one of these.
All kumquats do well in containers
and are even one of the top trees use
d by bonsai growers, particularly in China
where it’s considered a good
luck plant, and grown indoors.
People often shy away from kumquats
because they’re a sour fruit to eat
but did you know that the skin
on a kumquat is quite sweet?
So if you actually eat it together,
it cancels each other out – like this.
The skin really is delicious.
You can just grow them for the skin really.
Honestly, I love ’em, just
eating them fresh like that.
Normal people prefer to
use kumquats in other ways
such as jams, marmalade,
candied kumquats, or liqueurs.
However you eat them is up to you, just grow it.
Number 5: Apple.
Adam may have eaten that
apple, but I don’t blame Eve
because who doesn’t like apples?
The great Alexander the Great
I think I dressed up as him
once – no, that was Napoleon.
Anyway, Alexander the Great is credited to have found
dwarf apples growing in Kazakhstan around 2500 years ago.
So already back then humans
had started cultivating apples
therefore it’s hardly surprising how
advanced we are in apple cultivation
with over 7,500 varieties of apples
to choose from around the world.
And it’s this massive variation that
makes growing apples at home so easy
because there is literally an apple
variety for every location and situation.
Apple trees are typically grown in cooler regions
but these days you can get apple varieties
that’ll grow in just about any climate
and they will also thrive in
pretty much any soil or location.
You can grow them in
containers if you lack the space
or prune and train them heavily
to fit wherever you want them.
Apple trees grow easily and fast from seed
and I’ve even had apples self-seed
in our garden from fallen fruit
and then transplanted them elsewhere.
Remember, an apple a day makes 365 in a year.
Now, talking about seed
in that last apple example
I should also mention one final point
about growing these Top 5 fruit trees
and that is they can all be
easily grown from seed.
But if you do, be aware the result
might not be the same as the parent.
The fruit could be better,
although it’s usually the opposite.
The fruit harvested from a seed
grown tree is not as good.
However if that happens, it’s
not all a waste of time and effort
because you can always graft a section
onto the root stock that you have grown
and create your own clone
of the fruit tree you love.
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