Hello, I live on over 3 acres and I really want to plant a variety of fruit trees, but after reading about all the pest and other challenges with growing fruit trees, I'm less excited. If I were to pick 3-4 different fruits that require very little attention and no pesticides, what would your suggestion be? Thank you so much for your time.
Howard County Maryland
Tree fruits, especially apple and peach, are more prone to diseases and insect pests than small fruits. Fig (requires winter protection), Asian pear, and Japanese persimmon are the tree fruits with the fewest pest problems. Learn more about growing fruits organically.
Here is more on planting fruit trees http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/tree-fruit
If you grow fruit trees, you will also have to provide deer protection - fencing. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/deer
If you intend to grow organically, start out with small fruits such as blueberry and blackberry. Do not start on a large scale. Here is more on small fruits and problems