Fruit for South Texas - Knowledgebase Question

San Antonio, TX
Question by skyhawk
February 21, 1998
Can you tell me what fruits will grow in the unbearable South Texas heat? I saw apple trees at a nursery, but was always told it was too hot here for apple trees...now I'm confused. Would love some plums, pears, grapes and berries to go with my vegetable garden (and in my pantry this winter).
Joyce at JTR Ranch.
(I bet you guys think I save all these questions up for you...you bet. There is no where in my area where you can have your questions answered, even in the nurserys! Thanks for your continued help.)


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Answer from NGA
February 21, 1998

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According to "Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening", apple varieties that will tolerate your climate are available. 'Molly Delicious' is one such variety. Pears, plums, rabbiteye blueberries, strawberries, table grapes, muscadine grapes and blackberries will also thrive there. The key is choosing the correct varieties of locally-grown fruit stock, since it'll be accustomed to your conditions. Your extension service (ph# 210/930-3086) can provide you with a list of varieties that do best around San Antonio, as well as specific cultural practices that will improve your chances of a full panty!

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