Plant a Mini Orchard


Pride of Place - Plant a Mini Orchard

You’d normally associate an orchard with a large area, but we’ve created a guide to a smaller version for your backyard! Whether you’re an apple lover or into feijoas, there are so many options when it comes to selecting fruit trees and shrubs to fit into smaller spaces.

3 Steps to a Mini Orchard


Select varieties of fruit trees that you like to eat, and that are suited to where you live – check your local garden centre to see what they recommend. We’ve selected a hardy, easy care range of trees and shrubs to plant, that are easy to keep on the smaller side:

  • Feijoas (a couple of different varieties to enhance pollination)
  • Dwarf citrus (e.g. mandarin, lemon, lime)
  • Blueberries (a combination of varieties  of the same type to ensure good cross pollination)
  • Dwarf apple trees

Once you have selected your plants, it’s time to get the soil prepared – the better the soil, the better your fruit plants will grow.


The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day, so the plants aren’t exposed to the hot sun straight away.


Feed your plants and they will reward you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your fruit plants will grow to their full potential.

Feed your orchard with Tui Enrich Fruit, Citrus, Tree & Shrub Fertiliser for optimum nutrition with its triple action formula. Apply every six months, for best results apply in early spring and late summer.

Don’t forget to water your fruit trees – especially over the warm summer months. Well watered, well nourished fruit will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.

Prune if you need to for either a desired shape, to remove any diseased stems, or to improve air circulation. Leaves are the life of the tree, so don’t cut unnecessarily, particularly before the tree has matured

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Plant a Mini Orchard Comments

  • My grounds have possibly heavy metal inn them. I want to make raised gardens but will I need to put the gardens on to plastic, and is there a way that I can keep the gardens watered while we are away in the summer.

    Frances Burton

    • Hi Frances, suggest you put weed matting under the raised garden beds to allow water to soak through, but not for the roots to penetrate the poor soil. Installing an irrigation system on a timer will help water you garden while you are away in the summer, or you could ask a neighbour to help keep plants watered. Applying Debco Saturaid soil wetter is also a good idea and mulching with Tui Mulch & Feed. 

      Tui Team

  • When I planted citrus I put diluted worm juice around them all and now they have new leaves and most are flowering. If your plants have yellow leaves put a tablespoon of Epsom salts in a bucket of water and stir until dissolved and then pour around tree. They really love it and is a cheap way to encourage growth.

    pat madigan

    • Hi Pat, this is a great tip for citrus. Thanks for sharing and happy spring gardening!

      Tui Team

    • Can you tell me why citrus fruit dont fruit, they seems to have lots of blossom, but I end up with nno fruit, year after year.


    • Hi Althea, it is a positive sign your citrus trees are blossoming. Unfortunately sometimes fruit trees fail to produce a crop. More often than not, the problem is due to a lack of pollination. This can be caused by bad weather during flowering (wet, cold and/ or windy) or lack of bee activity. Other causes of poor cropping can be reasons like the tree being too young to produce fruit, not growing healthily due to pests, disease, poor nutrition or lack of watering. Feed in spring and summer with Tui Citrus Food and regularly check for signs of pest and disease. Water well, particularly over the summer season. To increase fruit production next season, sprinkle Tui Sulphate of Potash around the base of the tree in autumn. This provides a boost of potassium – the most important element for the development of flowers and fruit. Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic regularly to give trees an overall boost. All the best ^Tui Team

      Tui Team

  • this would be very good

    Shirley Dawes

  • I love your advice. I really not a gardener as hate bugs. If there were no bugs I'd probably like to get out in the garden. Also please what trees do locusts go for so I can avoid them. They scare me and I hate their noise.

    Lynn Rhodin