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Terrace trees: which ones?

There are many species of cultivable terrace trees. Generally they are plants resistant to various climatic types, even if their nature must always be respected as much as possible. A hibiscus will not do well on a north facing terrace where winter brings temperatures several degrees below freezing. You can grow a mountain pine even if your terrace is covered with snow. Citrus plants, and lemon in particular, are well suited to sunny terraces. A pomegranate plant will grow healthy if placed in dim light and in a temperate climate. Camellia is an ornamental tree and does not lose its leaves in the winter. If, on the other hand, you live in a particularly hot area, even a small palm tree can be grown on the terrace. Even dwarf fruit trees are terrace trees, apple trees, plums, apricot and peach trees. If you have the necessary space, you can have an orchard on the terrace.

Exhibition and care


Before buying patio treesyou have to have in mind where to place them. First look at the exposure of your terrace. If he has gray areas during the day, if he always has them, if he never has any. where the sun rises and where it sets. Evergreen trees such as cypress, for example, can be used to create DOC shaded areas. Watering will obviously be carried out according to the species. Lemons and kumquats, or Chinese mandarin, do not need a lot of water, while pomegranates, for example, do. You can also set up a small electrically operated irrigation system, in order to live your terrace without anxiety. Fertilization and repotting will be necessary from time to time. The best pots to use are earthenware ones, because they allow better transpiration of the soil.

Fruit trees on the terrace


Growing an orchard on the terrace is feasible and not that difficult. With dwarf fruit trees in pots, if well cared for, sometimes unexpected results are obtained. Apple trees, cherries, apricots and peach-nuts are the most used species, along with some citrus fruits. The choice of the type of fruit plant to be grown on the terrace depends on the climate and exposure as mentioned above. Once potted, the saplings will be positioned about one meter away from each other, so that they have the necessary space to develop in width rather than height, where they will be topped to prevent this. In spring they will be sprayed with verdigris, to prevent the onset of pests and diseases during flowering. Pruning will be done as for their older brothers; apple, cherry, apricot and peach trees in winter, while for citrus fruits in early spring. For lemons, oranges and mandarins, a good splash of sulfur will help to have abundant fruiting.

Terrace trees: the shading


Wisteria is a multifaceted plant. Perfect for creating shading on terraces and balconies, but also beautiful to grow as a sapling. As a terrace tree it satisfies both needs, as well as giving an aesthetic, elegant and colorful touch. Potted it can be placed against a structure, on which, given the climbing nature, it will cling over the years, until it becomes a beautiful pergola. Duly pruned, however, it will become a real terrace tree. A lovely puff of pink flowers. Keep in mind that, if it is true that it does not require excessive maintenance, it is also true that it dirty a lot. In fact, during the flowering phase, it loses many petals, which if not eliminated immediately create annoying rot. Another shade tree, as already mentioned, is the cypress. Placed in pots and placed in single file, hedges can be created and will give serenity to your privacy. The cypress should not be pruned and does not lose leaves. Few waterings and few fertilizations, in short, perfect as a terrace tree.

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