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What fruit trees can i grow in south florida / southwest florida?

What fruit trees can i grow in south florida / southwest florida?

Hi Guys,My wife and I bought a 2.5 acre lot in the Cincy suburb of Oakley a few years ago. We love growing our own food. I've been reading lots of info about how to be a fruitarian and am looking forward to some fun planting up the place. I am also looking into starting a fermentation business (idea was supplied by Matt Stone) where I would turn our local fruit into home-made kombucha or other fermented beverages.

The main problem we have now is in terms of fruit trees. We'd ideally like to get some cherries,apples,peaches,pears,pomegranates and quinces, just for my personal use. I've looked into some details of the climate we are in, which is tropical-summertime climate. It seems that I can get most of the tree I am looking for in that climate. However I have a couple of questions:

1.I can find plenty of resources about growing pomegranates in mild climates, I have a few questions about what is required to be able to grow these trees in a tropical climate such as the one I live in. To be clear, I am not looking to live in Florida and I am not sure we'll end up living here. However, we may end up living on a boat somewhere on the water.2. What fruit trees will grow best in our area? Our back yard is very shady, and there's a large river running close to the house. We'd really love some fruit trees to look at.3. I'm also looking into cherry growing and know there is a big difference in the climate requirements for cherries. Will my trees also grow well in my climate?4. What are the best dates for planting fruit trees in this climate? I'm especially concerned about having to use grafting/rootstocks and not being able to plant the trees until next Spring.

Any help and guidance would be much appreciated.



Is some of your horticulture advice based on your fruit tree experience in California? How do you know all this?

My understanding of fruiting trees is that they are best grown in climates with a winter. You can grow apples in warm areas, but not fruiting trees. I think they would be fairly hard to graft in Florida. I live in Florida and have several peach trees. Not the best but they are old fruit trees and some still bear fruit. My best information is from "The Fruit Gardener" I read it several times and I'm sure they have much more to say, but it is long out of print. If anyone has some sources that are good on this, I would be happy to look at them. A good publication I would recommend is "Fruit Growing in Florida" by Robert Sinclair.

Ok, rephrased the question for my example. The fruit tree which grows the best in my area is the Georgia Dwarf peach. It's the only tree of it's type which grows here, and it can grow well in a full sun or near shade areas.

the another rule of thumb is fruit trees aren't happy in cold climates. You're finding temperate areas but you still want fruit trees (mostly apples). Maybe I would have to rethink my answer, since for you not so cold is warmer than me and that's probably where you are from in Cincy.

Having said that, most cherry trees do well, since they don't need to be winter hardy, and they like full sun. I'm not sure about pomegranates. They need cold temperatures to set fruit. Since you're not going to be in Florida that's cool, though.

Perhaps look into stone fruits which do need cool temperatures. Apricots, peaches, nectarines. Apples are best on milder areas.

Not only apples, as Flemming points out, but most fruits are best grown with the bud of the fruit. Cherry varieties are not often budded on. However, you can try. There are special varieties of some berries and grapes that can be budded. Many fruit trees are labeled as "staminate" or "pistillate." Pistillate means that buds are pistil. Staminate means that buds are stamen. Some fruits are entirely pistillate, others are entirely staminate. That is to say, that a pistillate fruit tree has a staminate bud (i.e. apple, plum, cherry, peach, etc.) or is otherwise pistillate (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry tomato, etc.). If a fruit is staminate, it grows only flowers. If it's pistillate, it can grow both flowers and fruits. See http://www.pfaf.org/ for information.

Hi. This is not from an authority, but from experience. We are in a mountain area of AZ where summers get up to 110. There are blackberries that do not go dormant at 110 for about a week. Apples are very happy in the summer and our garden is shade. Best years for our cherries is our second summer. We plant early and plant early has been a long established rule for us. Early fruits means the first year fruiting. This year the tree did well (lots of fruit) and did not ripen early so the first year's fruit all held until this year. It was a lot of work to train the bushes. My other advice is get a good book and spend some time and effort. I use a book called "Picking the Best Berries" by Gail Burns and Carol Bridwell. It tells you how to pick, train and prune as well as how to fertilize. I have one of the old that has had lots of fruit and very little irrigation. The book will also tell you how to train, fertilize and prune. If you can be flexible about who you hang up with, you can learn from other folks who have tried things


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