Investing In Fruit Trees

investing in fruit trees

One of my first plums

Have you considered investing in fruit trees? I’m serious. If you’re the person in your household that buys the groceries, you’ve probably noticed how expensive fruit has become. Wouldn’t it be great to have your  favorite fruit growing in your backyard and available to you at very little cost?

About four years ago, I purchased a different home. The lot was roughly one acre and I purchased and planted a few fruit trees on the hillside at the back of the lot. At that point, I hadn’t considered investing in fruit trees. The area where I planted the trees is wild, sloped (keeps the trees from being too wet), and doesn’t require maintenance or mowing, so it was the perfect place to grow trees, aside from the deer and rabbits that are enemies of fruit trees.

It’s been several years since those original apple and pear trees were planted. I really took to the idea of having my own mini-orchard. I also starting thinking about my trees as investments. I’ve since planted apricot, cherry, mulberry, peach, plum and serviceberry trees. In addition to the trees, last summer I planted a number of blueberry, gooseberry, and raspberry bushes. It can take a number of years before some of the fruit trees become really productive and for you see a “return.” Some of the trees are just starting to bear Honeycrisp apples, my favorite variety and among the most expensive to purchase. The return my trees are starting to bear aren’t only financial. I’m not a tree hugger type of guy, but I must admit I have grown to really appreciate these trees. I personally picked out and planted nearly all of them. I prune and shape them once a year, and I water them as needed, which isn’t very often after the tree’s first year. I walk through my orchard nearly every day in the spring through the fall and inspect each tree to monitor the progress of the fruit. It’s quite peaceful in my little orchard. I’ve learned over the last few years that places where I purchase the fruit trees will typically discount the trees late in the summer/early fall. Sometimes the prices are 50% off. This provides a terrific opportunity to purchase and plant a tree for under $30.



I purchased a Superior plum tree last year for around $25. I dug the hole and spent around another $9 to put up fencing around it to keep the deer from destroying it. Once mature, I expect the tree will produce around $17 worth of fruit per season. Based on the initial investment of $34, the return will be about 50%. Even if the return is a fraction of that, it’s well worth the expense and the bit of effort used to plant and maintain the trees.

Of course, that doesn’t take into account that you’ve got to have enough land on which to plant the trees. It also doesn’t take into account the fact that I had to spend a bit of my time planting the trees. Frankly, the time I spent planting the trees was therapeutic. I made a positive mark on this little plot of land.

However, my effort and time to purchase, plant, and prune the trees is more than offset by the satisfaction I receive walking in the orchard and knowing where my fruit is sourced. My kids and their friends also enjoy walking the orchard and picking and eating the fruit right off the trees and bushes.

If you have the space to plant fruit trees, I recommend you consider investing in fruit trees. Feel free to post comments or ask questions.

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