Winter gardening is a dream if you live under the South African sky. The sun is capable of shining even in the dead of winter, making for a pleasant gardening experience.

There are a select number of fruits which do well when planted in winter. Let’s have a look at which fruit trees to plant this winter

Winter gardening with fruit trees

Mid-winter is a great time to start preparing your garden for the spring growing season. It is also a good enough time to plant these fruit trees in your garden. 

Plant apple and citrus trees during the winter as these trees enjoy a long growing period. Citrus trees can take up to six years to bear fruit. When it comes to planting, there is no time like the present.

Planting mid-winter

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Peach trees are the fastest to bear fruit, producing fruit 1-2 years after planting. For fast-growing winter trees, opt for the berry varieties such as strawberries and blueberries. 

You may also want to consider planting oranges and mandarins during winter. Part of the citrus family, these plants actually do well in winter. They can withstand the cold and wet weather in some parts of the country and will thrive in winter.

Pears are also good to plant in winter. When planning your winter planting schedule, you should include this delicious fruit in your winter garden. 

Our South African winters are a blessing to the effort of gardening. We have the experience of full sun even on the coldest days. This allows gardeners to still enjoy toiling away in the garden to achieve an active and productive winter garden.

Plant these winter-growing fruit trees in your garden, and take full advantage of the winter days. You can start by growing them from seeds in pots. It helps if you have an indoor greenhouse. Then once sprouted, they will be ready for the outside. Water regularly and then enjoy watching your fruit trees grow to maturity.

Winter is not only a time for rest, it can also herald rebirth and the joy of planting new fruits.

Also see:  Get started with growing squash in winter

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