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Almonds can grow into large trees (up to 4m tall and wide) and typically, require at least two trees for pollination and fruit set. However, if you’re short on space, look for dwarf forms, which are self-pollinating (so only one tree is needed) and perfect for small backyards.
They grow best in warm and cool temperature climates, such as dry inland areas, where the summers are hot and dry, and winters are cool. Unfortunately, almonds do not not thrive in coastal conditions.
Almonds can be grown in large pots or planter boxes, but look for dwarf, self-pollinating/fertile forms such as ‘All In One’.
Almonds are available in two types: sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds are widely grown in the home and are ideal for eating. Bitter types are used for almond essence.