How long does it take to grow a fruit tree from seed until fruit

barbara-2010March 21, 2010

I am doing some research about fruit trees and am trying to learn on a rough average (realizing many things can affect it from the kind of tree to the climate, soil, etc) how long would it take from planting a seed of a fruit tree until being able to harvest fruit. Also, on a rough average, how long does a fruit tree live?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

That's such a generalized question, it's kind of hard to give a meaningful answer. Some seed-grown fruit trees can produce fruit withing a very few years (maybe some even within a couple of years) and some can take decades. Can you at least narrow down the type of tree(s) you have in mind?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 12:04AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Oh yeah, I forgot to say...

Many types of fruit trees are almost always propagated vegetatively (cuttings, grafted trees, etc). Most apples for instance are unlikely to produce good fruit when grown from seed. Are you only interested in seed grown trees or are you just trying to find out how long it will take for you to grow your own fruit?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 12:08AM
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