Would love to plant some fruit trees in the backyard so eventually we can have our own fruit growing. Would love ideas on what trees will go well for a young family? Fruits kids will like?


Posted by kjgarner, 7th November 2015


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  • Orange and lemon trees have spikes in their stems so unless you can keep your kids, pets away from them I wouldn’t plant them. I don’t know whether limes and mandarins do or not. (limes are OK for cooking) It depends where you live and what your climate is what fruit you can grow. e.g. you need a tropical climate such as Qld, and maybe NT to grow mangoes. Trouble is what one child likes another one won’t. Sometimes they get tired of a fruit and won’t eat it anymore. I would go to a Garden Centre or a large hardware sore with a big Garden section such as Bunnings. We have always found the staff in that section very helpful. If you know any of your neighbours or others in the area maybe ask them if they know what grows best in your area. All fruit trees need some attention, some more than others. Unless advised otherwise, don’t plant them too close together. They need plenty of air circulation around them. Some fruits there is different “species” that have ripe fruit earlier than others. Also ask for information re soil preparation, fertilizing, how much water they need and pruning. It is often best to decide what you want and order them in advance of when you want them. That way they can advise their supplier how many they will need for the customers who have placed orders. That way you won’t miss out. Good luck. You can’t get better than home grown fresh fruit – not picked too green and lacking flavour.



  • Definitely lemons. We had peaches growing up which were great but you have to look after them a lot and they tend to be a bit wormy. We’ve just planted a mulberry tree – not looking forward to the stains on the clothes but the fruit will be delicious!



  • oranges or mandarins. mangoes are great!



  • We have a lemon tree that have been the same spot for many years and it is very low maintenaince . Now and then we prune the tree as leaves can grow outwards and the rain is sufficient for plant to always look green . It is best to keep an eye out now and then for fruits and a few times we find them on the floor and the fruits cant be used. I have heard citrus fruits are easy to care for so maybe try a few variety such as lime and oranges .



  • In the past I had a huge lemon tree in the garden. I loved it, even if was prone to illnesses. And two apricot trees that made so many apricots.. I didn’t know what to do anymore with them!
    What about an apple tree?



  • We have found lemons and figs quite good. There are a lot of drinks and foods that lemons can be used in and the fruit is not attacked by fruit fly (or possums and rats). Originally had a mulberry tree, but way too messy. Climate and block size are important too – check with a local nursery about what grows and fruits well in your area and then make a shortlist from their recommendations.


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