The Q&A Archives: Fruit for coastal zone 7

Question: My new house is located in zone 7, on a lagoon in New Jersey. We will be moving in a year or year and a half, and I am kicking around fruit planting ideas. What will do well in zone 7, full sun, on a 1/3 acre lot on a lagoon? We had a peach there many years ago, and it did well, even though it was severely neglected. (My husband grew up there, and after his parent's passing, he decided to redo the whole property so it doesn't remind him of them so much:( It will be awhile before it is ready.) I am a stay at home mom, so needy plants aren't a problem, and we love all fruits, especially cherries, nectarines, apples, plums, apricots, and peaches. At our present location, we have blueberries, strawberries, grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. We would like to grow them at the new house, too. Also, what's your take on paw paws and dwarf potted citrus?

Answer: I would suggest you consult with the county extension in that area and see what they recommend in terms of specific varieties and in terms of soil preparation or other special needs specific to that location. They will also be able to tell you recommended maintenance and care for these plants along with approximate timing and what to use for any needed routine sprays. Many fruits should do well there including strawberries.

Pawpaws are a somewhat exotic fruit to be grown as a novelty, it should do well in zone 7. Here is some information you may find helpful. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Potted citrus on a dwarfing rooting stock is reasonably easy to grow, however it needs to be overwintered indoors in a cool bright location, temperatures at about 60 degrees. Ordinary household temperatures are too warm for it to stay healthy. Also, you should not expect much of a crop of edible fruit from these trees. Here is information on growing container citrus you may find useful.

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