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Lets see those fruit trees . . .

IRQVET

New Member
Last year we moved from Oregon to Florida. At my old house I had Apricots, Pears, Plums, Apples, Cherries, Lemons, and Nectarines that I planted the first year I owned the house. Now that I'm in a new growning zone, I'm having issues finding what works. Right now all I have is Varigated Lemons and Peaches.

So lets see what you've got, so I can live vicariously through YOU!
 

Dufchick

New Member
Hi IRQVet-

Depending on what part of Florida you are living and your environment, you may want to think about a couple of things first. If you are in an HOA, there are usually rules about fruit trees. The rule is made for the 2nd thing you should think about which is that the roof rat is the (for should be) the official animal of Florida. They can climb all over your trees and eat the fruit and what they do not eat they will poop on. So the fruit trees attract the rats as well as other vermin. Next you have to think about the fruit that falls to the ground, you must pick up the fruit right away or you will get more vermin and lots of bugs. If you can plant your trees in pots inside your pool enclosure, you may avoid all these problems. In a sunny spot in South Florida in or out of the pool enclosure, fruit trees will do really well. Just keep in mind the problems that go hand in hand with fruit trees. Lemons and oranges will do great!

Allison
 

bitpushr

Slow and Low
Staff member
Hi IRQVet-

Depending on what part of Florida you are living and your environment, you may want to think about a couple of things first. If you are in an HOA, there are usually rules about fruit trees. The rule is made for the 2nd thing you should think about which is that the roof rat is the (for should be) the official animal of Florida. They can climb all over your trees and eat the fruit and what they do not eat they will poop on. So the fruit trees attract the rats as well as other vermin. Next you have to think about the fruit that falls to the ground, you must pick up the fruit right away or you will get more vermin and lots of bugs. If you can plant your trees in pots inside your pool enclosure, you may avoid all these problems. In a sunny spot in South Florida in or out of the pool enclosure, fruit trees will do really well. Just keep in mind the problems that go hand in hand with fruit trees. Lemons and oranges will do great!

Allison
Great ideas. Also @IRQVET is there an organization that can provide information on what works? I know here (in PA) there is something called Master Gardeners who are experts in what to grow for your yard.
 

bminiman

New Member
Remember that fruit trees need to be grown from grafts which you can get from local orchards or farms. If you try to grow from seed, the tree might never fruit. Versus a graft from a fruiting tree, which is essentially a clone.
 

IRQVET

New Member
When I plant trees (in the past) I do with root stock that is known to do well in that area. In the past I usually go the local Ag University Extension Office and ask questions. Honestly I forgot about that part and maybe I should take my own advice, so thanks for the reminder bitpushr.

As for vermin, I'm on 1.3 acres so there is no need to plant anything close to the house. In order to put them into my pool enclosure, I'd have to build a pool enclosure, so thats out- LOL.
 
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