University of Maryland Extension

Fruit Resources

Important Questions to Ask Before Planting

  • What types of fruit are best suited for the climate and soils in your location?
  • Where in the landscape do you want these trees or plants placed and how much space is required?
  • How much time and resources are needed on a regular basis to maintain fruit trees and plants?
  • Do you expect to use or want to avoid pesticides for controlling various diseases and insect pests?
  • Do you want fresh fruits for general use or fruits for canning, jellies, and jams, or winemaking?
  • What varieties will provide the yield and quality of the fruit you want? Choosing several varieties of the same fruit that ripen at different times extends the harvest period.


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