Whether you’re planting based on your diet or aesthetics and color, you have options if you want to plant green fruit plants.
From grapes to cucumbers to kiwis, a green fruit plant has to fit your situation and needs, so keep reading to learn more about green fruit plants!
Sweet Green Oranges
A little well known, but awesome green fruit to try is sweet green oranges. The skin of these is usually thick, an indicator of what type of fruit it is.
At first glance it may appear like an unripe orange, because sometimes the skin color can be both orange and green. Thats not the case however.
The inside of the orange is on the paler side, a bit of an orange yellow. Flavor-wise, its quite tasty offering lots of sweetness.
Also known as a “custard apple” Cherimoya is a great addition to any garden. The texture of it is quite creamy, and its got a natural sweet flavor. Perfect for growing in conditions where there’s plenty of sunlight.
As you grow this, you’ll notice the tree will be slightly bushy, and it has a tendency to grow wide. The branches also tend to be green and hairy.
The fruit itself will have a rough texture. It’s thick, although cutting into the fruit is relatively easy.
If you’re looking for a plant that will bear fruit and become a focal point of your garden, then you should consider planting grapes.
We’ll be talking about green grapes here, but you can also buy varieties of grapes that are red or purple.
You can start your grapes in early spring, but ensure the last frost has passed. You do not want to freeze your grapes before they even have a chance to grow.
As long as your grapes are in full sun, they can be planted almost anywhere as long as they have support.
Here are some options of where to plant your grapes:
- Along a chain link fence
- Next to an archway where they can grow around it
- Next to a trellis of your choosing
- Near a pergola
- By a grape arbor
No matter where you choose to plant your grapes, the grapevine will need a little help. You will need to train your grapes to grow around whatever you select, but once your vine continues to grow, your grapes will know what to do!
Like grapes, apples come in a number of different varieties and colors, but there are green apples.
If you choose to plant an apple tree on your property – regardless of the color you choose – your newly planted apple tree will need to be in full sun.
Apple trees will usually grow and bear fruit in about two years, but they will produce a larger crop once they reach maturity, around eight years.
In my experience, growing the apples is the easy part. The hard part is getting to your crop before wildlife does!
Birds and squirrels will often try to steal your apples. One of my apple trees had low-hanging fruit that deer even nibbled on a few apples.
You will need to watch your fruit and try to get to your crop before the animals outside do. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting another year for some fresh green apples!
If you’re looking for a green fruit plant that can be grown in your yard, in small containers, or even in the colder winter months, then a pear tree might be the way to go.
Like most fruit trees, you should plant your pear tree in late spring. If you’re planting them outside in your yard, give your trees about 20 feet of space. Skip this if you’re growing your pear tree in a pot.
The real trick to growing pears is harvesting the fruit.
Don’t pick your pears when you think they’re ripe; instead, pick them when they’re still a little hard, but don’t eat them yet! Leave them out in your kitchen to ripen on their own to get the best taste and flavor.
Pear trees can be difficult to manage because they produce their fruit all at once, so you should eat them as fast as you can or can to keep them longer.
I know, I know. You might be thinking, a cucumber isn’t a fruit, is it?
Well, yes, it is! A fruit is something that is grown from a flower and has at least one seed in it. If you’ve seen a cucumber grow, then you already know that cucumbers start from a flower.
Cucumbers are a great green fruit plant to grow because they are common and easy to grow. You can start your cucumbers from seeds or a transplanted plant you purchase from a greenhouse.
Cucumbers can be grown in the yard or in a container that is closer to your house, depending on your situation and the room you have to garden.
You have a choice regarding cucumbers, and most people break them down between slicing or pickling cucumbers.
Pickling cucumbers are shorter and fatter than slicing cucumbers, but either can be eaten right off the vine if that is what you prefer.
Thankfully, the cucumber plant fits a variety of situations, so you can have fresh cucumbers all summer long!
The honeydew melon is a good fruit plant to choose from if you want a melon.
Your honeydew melon will need three things if you want them to grow the best: warm soil, lots of sun, and room to grow.
Honeydew melons will grow across the ground on vines, so make sure that your honeydew melons are given the space they need.
There’s one great trick to use if you want to grow the biggest, tastiest honeydew melons possible. Watch your plants as they grow. Break off any melons that are smaller than the others, and leave fewer melons on the branch.
While this might seem like a waste of perfectly good fruit, this will encourage the nutrients in the plants to go to fewer plants but in greater quantities, meaning that you will be focusing on quality over quantity.
Lime trees are a green fruit, but you might struggle if you plant seeds from a lime that you purchased at the store.
When you buy fruit from the grocery store, the plant is usually a hybrid in some way. Hybrid plants are perfectly safe but grow easier for farmers. The fruits may be more resistant to cold or disease or grow faster overall.
Keep this in mind if you try to grow lime from lime seeds, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!
I will also say that you shouldn’t plant a lime tree if you live in an area with a cold climate. Lime trees are not resistant to cold temperatures, and the cold temperatures in winter could kill your plant off before it has a chance to bear fruit.
As expensive as avocados are at some stores, avocado trees are considered low-maintenance fruit plants.
The one problem you will face with an avocado tree is the amount of time it takes for the tree to begin bearing fruit.
If you plant an avocado tree this growing season, don’t expect to see avocados this season or next. You may be left waiting almost ten years to see your first avocados on the tree!
Some people say that most places in the United States get too cold to grow avocados. Still, if you do your research and find a variety that is more hardy against colder temperatures, you can grow your own avocados at home with a little patience.
You might be someone who loves a good kiwi in the morning, but kiwis are a relatively tricky plant to grow.
You might have heard that people call New Zealanders “Kiwis” – and that’s for a good reason! New Zealand is one of the best climates for kiwis to grow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow kiwis in your own backyard too.
Kiwis need three things to grow:
- Plenty of water
- Fertile soil
New Zealand isn’t the only place with these three things, so an attentive gardener will be able to grow kiwis too.
Kiwis grow on vines and will need trellises to support the plants.
But make sure that the trellis is strong because a mature kiwi plant can grow as large as 15 feet wide and 20 feet high! Properly taken care of kiwi plants can also produce almost 100 pounds of kiwis – so I hope you really do like your kiwis!
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