Team Fruity or Team Unfruity?: Used to have fruit...

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Team Fruity or Team Unfruity?

By Trish
February 19, 2012

Soft fruits, hard fruits, exotic fruits, vine fruits: do you grow them?

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 18, 2012 7:44 PM CST
When we bought our house we inherited several fruit trees. One by one they have all gone. The citrus was old and died; the Mangoes had to go because I am terrible allergic to them. And the Key Lime that we planted ourselves did not survive the last cold winter. So - we have NO MORE FRUIT.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 18, 2012 8:11 PM CST

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You can grow loquats where you are, I suspect they would do very well. Seedlings can grow on their own rootstock and bear very well, and there are some really good varieties. The taste (to me) is kind of like a cross between a peach and an orange. Alas, we now live in an area where it gets too cold in the winter for them to survive.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Feb 18, 2012 8:32 PM CST
I have loquats, love the fruit, but would grow them just for the scent of the flowers alone. We have a very old avocado tree that was here when we bought, which I value highly. I have planted nectarine, peach, plum...there was an existing apricot which bore quite well this year, an existing sapote seedling which has since grown into a large, bearing tree. I planted a Fuyu persimmon 'cause I would not be without persimmons, we lost our Hachiya when we divided the property. My fun this year will be the 120 strawberries planted in two gallon containers. I've grown strawberries in years long past and picking them can be back breaking work. We have gophers, squirrels, rabbits, all those things I'd rather keep away from my berries, so the strawberries are now planted in two gallon pots, sitting on my nursery tables. Keeping my fingers crossed...I think they will do well. As our water costs keep skyrocketing, I'm thinking I will do more dwarf trees in containers also.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 18, 2012 9:05 PM CST
Yes, we definitely can grow Loquats. And I do like them.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Feb 19, 2012 12:19 AM CST
Okay, so I missed the team 'fruity' and ended up in the 'used to have'...lol.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 29, 2012 12:47 PM CST
I used to have good raspberries. Now I am getting rid of the old varieties and planning to get some of the Purple Royalty ones as they give larger berries.

I have two of the hardier cherry trees, and several Nanking cherry trees.
The big old crab apple tree was shading too much of the vege plot so it had to go.

My neighbour has a hardy grape growing up the south side of her house.
She has an apple tree which she has grafted several varieties on one tree.

Canadian agriculture is developing hardier strains of fruit trees and berries for our climate.

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