Kids Dwarf Fruit Trees

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Kids can grow dwarf fruit trees in containers on the patio, balcony, or by the front door. Kids can bring them inside when it is too cold or too hot outside. For the greatest success and least effort, kids can get a fruit variety that is hardy for their climate at their local nursery. Genetic dwarfs are trees that have been selected for their miniature size after years of breeding, most reaching only four or five feet tall, bearing regular sized fruit. Kids need to choose the proper size container that is non toxic, with excellent drainage, several inches larger than the root ball of the tree. The soil mix needs to hold moisture, allow for air to reach the roots, and be free of weed seeds, diseases, and insects. Commercial organic potting mixes are a good choice when planting one or two trees. Prepare the pot by placing a screen over the drainage holes to keep in the soil, pour in a layer of soil mix, position the fruit tree in the pot, and fill the soil to a quarter inch below the rim of the container. A drip watering system with a battery run timer is a great way to make sure the tree is watered consistently. Organic fruit tree fertilizer can be used lightly every two weeks from early spring until mid July. Kids can grow dwarf fruit trees in containers on the patio, balcony, or by the front door. Fruit trees offer a promise for a beautiful tomorrow filled with delicious food for kids and their families.

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