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How To Produce More Fruit (Organically)

This article about how to produce more fruit at home, in the garden or in the farm is a very important piece of information. It is imperative that the world produces more food so as to enhance food security which is a problem in most parts of the world.

Furthermore, with more people understanding the value of organic, home grown food, there needs to be more information available about how to do it properly. Otherwise most people would soon become frustrated with their results, and give up entirely on their attempts to grow food.

Knowing how to enhance fruit production will serve as universal knowledge, applicable to fruit bearing trees, bushes, or small plants like tomatoes.

How To Produce More Fruit

Make Sure You Are Ready

Make sure you are ready was more catchy than “make sure the tree or plant is ready” which is the intended meaning. Every plant, tree or shrub has a given time when it matures for fruit bearing. If you are not sure when you should start seeing fruits, then a simple google search “how long does it take a ___ to bear fruit” should help. This is especially helpful if you know the exact species of the tree or shrub.

When you are sure that the tree or plant is ready for fruiting then you know that whatever steps you take from here on will not do more harm than good to the plants in question.

The next step is quite shocking.

Prune The Plant

Pruning a plant or tree means to cut off excess leaves or branches. This may come as a shock to most people because naturally they expect that they have to add something to the tree or plant to enable it produce fruit.

That is the opposite of what you want. You want to remove excess branches or leaves so that the plant can focus on what you want it to do; bear fruit.

In order to prune the plant properly, the general rule is to cut away the branches or leaves that are near the bottom of the plant. Those are generally the parts of the plant that can easily attract fungi and other disease causing organisms.

A further step towards beneficial pruning is to remove those parts of the tree that do not get much sunlight. Those are parasitic parts; they contribute nothing, and the tree spends a lot of resources maintaining them. By cutting them away, you are enabling the plant to focus those resources on fruit production.

It is also important to prune as close to the stock as possible.

Give It What It Needs

Plants generally need lots of sunlight and water to produce more fruit. In order to give it more sunlight it may be necessary to remove obstacles blocking the direct contact with the rays of the sun. Trees or other plants may have to be trimmed or pruned, sheds or buildings may have to be dismantled.

In the case of potted plants they may have to be relocated to places where they can get more sunlight, such as windows, or doors, to areas around the house with glass roofs, or outside to the verandah.

It may be necessary to water the plants. If you are sure that the soil is too dry, then it may become necessary to supply the water through a hose or watering can. It is usually best to do this in the morning, while the weather and the soil are cool.

Remove What It Doesn’t Need

Basically, what this means is the cessation of use of chemicals. Your plant doesn’t need them, and neither do you. Therefore stop the use of chemicals such as Pesticides and fertilizers. Whatever chemical fertilizers can do, organic manure can do better.

Usually, compost manure which is made from decaying plant and food matter is all you need to supply your garden plants with nutrients to boost fruit production. Animal waste matter such as that obtained from chickens, pigs, cows, and horses would do well to further enrich the quality of the soil. However, these soil fertilization efforts should only be done once or twice a year.

As for the pesticides, you do not need them because for a tree or garden to be fruitful it cannot live alone.

Your Plant Needs Friends

Your tree or garden is not an isolated entity; it is part of a bigger whole. Most plants need pollination from insects such as bees, flies, wasps, beetles, and even ants. Your plant will remain ornamental if you isolate it, or if you use chemicals to kill off all the animals that could potentially perform this service.

Your garden is therefore a part- an extension of a macrocosm which functions together with other microcosms- interdependent on each other for proper functioning.

Furthermore, if you have one tree which produces flowers but with very little fruit, the solution may be in planting another tree in the immediate area. Some species need cross pollination to bear fruit.

Encourage Pollinators

This point has already been hinted above. Pollinators like birds, bees, wasps, ants, bats, and flies are a necessary part of any garden- a necessary part of life on earth. It is your duty to your garden and to the world to encourage them.

You can do so by not spraying them with chemicals. Leave them alone.  They are friends of your garden, and friends of humanity.

Some plants just need a little shake from the wind to self-pollinate. Tomatoes are a good example of this.

They may not need many friends, but they certainly need the next point.

Harvest Everything Early

Harvesting everything on your tree or plant is a deliciously important step towards getting your garden to produce more fruit. When you harvest everything on the plant, it is taken as a sign that dispersers are active in the area.

Bear in mind that the reason why plants produce fruits is to get dispersers (in this case you) to disperse the seeds. The seeds are the future of the species, and every plant seeks to further its species.

When a plant sees that all the fruit it produces are harvested, it is interpreted as a signal that the seeds are being dispersed, and that it should produce more fruit in the next season.

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Closing

Knowing how to produce more fruit from one’s garden or farm is one big step towards self sufficiency, which is a big goal for many people presently. Furthermore, this can bring down domestic expenses on food, and so help families make savings which can be put to other uses.

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