Fruit trees, berries and melons can do well in northern climates. Get advice on selecting and growing fruit in Minnesota yards and gardens.
Growing fruit means balancing expectations and effort
Because fruits are perennial plants, they require a bit more commitment than vegetables. Spend some time thinking about why you want to grow fruit.
- Do you want to spend more time outside?
- Do you want to make jam or pies to share with friends and family?
- Do you want to learn how to prune trees?
- Do you want to make wine or cider?
- Or do you simply want a few berries to put on your morning cereal?
Your answers to questions like these will help you decide which fruits to grow and how much effort you’re willing to put into it.
Effort and commitment
|Fruit||Site selection||Wait for fruit||Fruit every year||Fruit blemishes||Maintenance|
|Apples||Some effort||Dedicated effort||Some effort||Dedicated effort||Some effort|
|Apricots, Cherries, Plums||Some effort||Some effort||Some effort||Some effort||Some effort|
|Blueberries||Dedicated effort||Some effort||Minimal effort||Some effort||Minimal effort|
|Currants, Gooseberries||Some effort||Some effort||Minimal effort||Some effort||Minimal effort|
|Grapes||Some effort||Some effort||Minimal effort||Dedicated effort||Minimal effort|
|Pears||Some effort||Dedicated effort||Some effort||Some effort||Some effort|
|Raspberries||Some effort||Minimal effort||Minimal effort||Dedicated effort||Minimal effort|
|Strawberries||Some effort||Minimal effort||Minimal effort||Dedicated effort||Minimal effort|
Apples and pears
Apricots, cherries, peaches and plums
Growing stone fruits in the home garden — Apricots, cherries, peaches and plums can grow in northern climates.
Pest management for the home stone fruit orchard (PDF) — This downloadable publication includes how to identify common diseases and insects that affect fruit trees and how to manage them.
Grapes and other fruits
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