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How long does it take for a tree to bear fruit?

It varies, depending on the variety.

You should plan on it taking at least a couple of years for grafted plants and 3-10 years for non-grafted from the time they are planted.

Whilst we provide guidance based on the normal fruiting nature of the plants with the appropriate care and environment; we cannot guarantee that you will see exact identical results - as many things affect the success of a fruiting tree such as age, health condition, soil type, nutrients provided, the surrounding climate and temperature, and most importantly the level of care it receives in order to produce fruit. 

We don't claim to be plant experts, rather we call ourselves ‘Plant Enthusiasts’. We will do our very best to help you grow the plants of your choice by giving you our honest opinion and advice. Please feel free to ask questions of us, and also undertake your own research, so that you’re confident and satisfied with what you are buying from us.

As a general guideline, here are typical fruiting times that you may find helpful. Please also be aware that this depends on the type of plant and the propagation method used to produce the plant. 

 

Grafted Plants
Typically produce fruit in 1-3 years. They are a copy of a mature tree.

Air Layered Plants
Typically produce fruit in 1-3 years. They are a copy of a mature tree.

Plants Propagated from Cuttings
Typically produce fruit in 1-3 years. They are a copy of a mature tree.

Plants Propagated from Seedlings
Typically produce fruit in 3-8 years. There are many exceptions to this rule. For example: Calina Papaya: 4-9 months, Sugar Apple 2-4 years, Custard Apple 2-4 years, Soursops 1-3 years.