Productive Fruit Trees - Knowledgebase Question

DeRidder, LA
Question by willison8
July 18, 2005
What are the specifics for having productive cherry, lemon, nectarine, and apple trees in this zone?

Answer from NGA
July 18, 2005



You are too far south for cherry trees to grow and produce. Lemon can be grown but you will need to provide winter protection anytime it gets below freezing or place them in a large container so they can be moved inside for the night.

Apples can be grown if you choose low chill varieties. Some examples include Anna and Dorset Golden. Nectarines are the best adapted to your area. They will need spraying to protect from diseases since they lack the protective fuzz that peaches have.

Give your fruit trees full sun and soil that is well drained. Planting on large (10 ft wide) raised mounds about a foot tall can help improve drainage in area that may be marginal. Fertilize the trees with 2 tablespoon of fertilizer every 3 weeks starting in March and continuing until July of their first year. Starting in March of year 2 apply a cup of turf fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter once a month for 3 months for the next 3 years.

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