Orange and lemon trees have spikes in their stems so unless you can keep your kids, pets away from them I wouldn’t plant them. I don’t know whether limes and mandarins do or not. (limes are OK for cooking) It depends where you live and what your climate is what fruit you can grow. e.g. you need a tropical climate such as Qld, and maybe NT to grow mangoes. Trouble is what one child likes another one won’t. Sometimes they get tired of a fruit and won’t eat it anymore. I would go to a Garden Centre or a large hardware sore with a big Garden section such as Bunnings. We have always found the staff in that section very helpful. If you know any of your neighbours or others in the area maybe ask them if they know what grows best in your area. All fruit trees need some attention, some more than others. Unless advised otherwise, don’t plant them too close together. They need plenty of air circulation around them. Some fruits there is different “species” that have ripe fruit earlier than others. Also ask for information re soil preparation, fertilizing, how much water they need and pruning. It is often best to decide what you want and order them in advance of when you want them. That way they can advise their supplier how many they will need for the customers who have placed orders. That way you won’t miss out. Good luck. You can’t get better than home grown fresh fruit – not picked too green and lacking flavour.
Published 8th December 2019