Archive for the ‘Growing Fruits and Berries’ Category
It’s been about 2 months+ since we moved to our new 1.75 acre property and I have been ‘busy as a bee’ planting fruit trees. Early winter is a good time to get discounts on plants; For example, our local Lowe’s will mark 1/2 off deciduous fruit trees (loose their leaves) because people won’t tend to buy plants without leaves, pretty flowers, etc. But you and I know this spells a good deal, right? I even got nice blueberry plants and figs the other day for $2.50 each because of the first cold snap. Read the rest of this entry »
We have moved into an older neighborhood where people used to know what persimmon trees were and fortunately planted a few trees. I couldn’t resist the temptation while walking the other day, when I saw a tree loaded with huge persimmons in a new neighbor’s yard. Because there were persimmons starting to fall and rot on the ground, we figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask for some, and because the guy didn’t even know what a persimmon was, we scored about 35 large persimmons off this tree!
Pictured here is an avocado tree started from seed by a friend just a couple of years ago! It was started from a Haas avocado, but because plants started from seed do not usually produce specimens ‘true to kind’, it may not have all the characteristics of the true Haas. However, so far the leaves and such seem to be developing along the lines of a Haas. When I received the plant, it was getting pot bound, so I moved it to a larger container, and plan on putting it in the ground this coming spring. Read the rest of this entry »
After having tasted pomegranate for the first time and reading all the wonderful health claims, I decided to buy a plant and give it a try. I have heard that many varieties are not particularly fruitful in the humid south, but I bought this “Russian” variety which the nursery swore was a good producer here in Florida.
Anyhow, I bought this little one gallon ‘whip’ for about $7, fertilized it well, and within a few weeks had much growth and these flowers pictured here. It has been a couple of weeks later since I took this pic now, and though the flowers look like they are going to set fruit, they have all fallen off. Pomegranate are supposed to be self fertile (though a companion plant is supposed to help with pollination).
These are lovely flowers produced by this bush, and it is probably dropping fruit because the plant is not mature enough yet. Can’t wait till next year, and I will probably get a ‘wonderful’ or other variety to help with pollination. Let me know if any of you guys are having success with growing pomegranates (and getting fruit) in the humid, hot southeast.
For anyone who has eaten pomegranate, the fruit is kind of messy and heard and a bit of trouble to get to ‘goodies’, but I find the taste grows on me (and they are great in salads).
Here is a good basic introduction on pruning and training fruit trees. This is an important subject for getting maximum production of your trees and cutting down on disease and pests (also for general maintenance).
I have two persimmon trees in my yard but neither is native American species (Diospyros virginiana), They are both oriental varieties with one being astringent and the other the non astringent. Referring to the picture, the one I am indicating is the non astringent type of “Fuyu.” Read the rest of this entry »