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By Trish
February 19, 2012

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

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 18, 2012 7:54 PM CST
I've got strawberry plants in pots this year, some are forming fruit. One peach tree....wildlife gets most of them. Mexican Plum and fig trees. I do LOVE fruit!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 18, 2012 7:56 PM CST
There are wild persimmon trees on our property as well as wild black cherry trees. I will plant some citrus & some other fruiting trees/bushes.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 18, 2012 8:41 PM CST
Yes, that reminds me...I have native Texas Persimmon and a variety of wild black cherry trees...whatever they produce, it's for the wildlife. I also have a blueberry plant in a large pot, has to be kept a little acidic, which is hard here, the water is alkaline.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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dave
Feb 18, 2012 10:39 PM CST

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Linda, you can add coffee grinds to lower the pH of your potting soil, but I bet you already knew that. Smiling
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vic
Feb 19, 2012 3:43 AM CST
We have apple and pear trees in the ground. A fig tree as well but it's still a baby. I've ordered two blueberries but they will be kept in pots.
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chelle
Feb 19, 2012 6:17 AM CST
In the rear half of our property, we've planted a widely varied assortment of fruiting plants for wildlife forage, and in turn, the birds have brought in a few others. In summertime we collect mulberry fruit, wild raspberries and blackberries - none of which are cultivated.

We have a mature pair of green apple trees, likely a Granny Smith variety, that grow along the southern edge of the pasture fence. They're grown naturally, and usually produce heavily. The fruits aren't perfect, but they make great apple/pear pies and preserves. Last year's apple use adventures included making and canning apple butter; by slow-simmering untreated skins and cores, the parts you'd usually throw away. Yummy!
We trade apples for pears with a near neighbor, though we'd like to add a few pear trees here, eventually.

There's also a small cultivated plot of June-bearing and ever-bearing strawberries.

We had hardy peach trees for a several years, but they suffered borer damage and had to be removed.
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SongofJoy
Feb 19, 2012 7:02 AM CST
Blueberries, goji berry (just getting started), fig, persimmon, pawpaw, elderberries ... seems like I'm forgetting something. Shrug!



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Mindy03
Feb 19, 2012 7:43 AM CST
Very fruity here

Apple, Pear, Peach, Plum, Wild Cherry, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, persimmon, dewberry, elderberry. We plan to add blueberries this year maybe. All of the fruits are also honey bee plants so we get two products from each plant that taste yummy.
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rocklady
Feb 19, 2012 7:53 AM CST
We have one grapefruit, one navel orange and until the cold weather got it, a Meyer lemon. We also have a fig and we have yet to see any figs. When we leave FL there is green fruit, but we are never here when it matures. I am sure the birds have a feast! Both the orange and grapefruit got nipped this winter and lost their leaves in a couple of places, however, both are filled with buds about to burst open and the yard will smell heavenly -- at that time you can't keep me inside! There is also a tangerine on the property (which used to be an orchard years ago), but the fruit is so bitter, no one wants to eat it. Does anyone know the trick of "sweetening" up these tangerines?

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fiwit
Feb 19, 2012 7:56 AM CST
Barely fruity here...

wild black cherries amongst the other trees behind my house, a couple very young crab apples (one ornamental, the other might have crab apples at some point in its future), and 2 golden delicious apple trees that I got for a steal.

Walked into Lowe's one morning in summer or early fall 2010, and the garden center lady grabbed me and said "You HAVE to buy these!" It was 2 golden delicious trees that had fallen out of their big tubs overnight. This was 8am, so they hadn't been out of their soil very long. She looked at them, looked at me, and said $3 each. So we put the tubs on the cart with the trees beside them, and I planted them as soon as I got home, in a mixture of their tub soil and my own red ga clay with various amendments added in. They're still alive, so I might have apples one day. These trees were easily 6' tall when I planted them... how could I pass up such a deal? If they do ever fruit, they'll probably be the only trees where I compete with the critters for the fruit. They're my favorite apple. Unfortunately, by the time I got them, I had already planted almost 20 trees in my front yard, so they might not get as much sunshine as they need, once the other trees grow up.

I still have some rearranging to do in other parts of my yard (a fence to move, for instance), and once I've done that, I'll plant some other fruit trees for the birds over in the wildlife section of the yard.

Oh, and there are wild strawberries creeping around in various places, too. I have some brambles that might be berry bushes, but I keep cutting them down cause I don't like where they're growing.

And I have some elderberry plants that may or may not develop fruit some day. Again, they're fairly young, and I don't think I've even seen them bloom in the couple years since I planted them.
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 19, 2012 8:50 AM CST
rocklady said:We have one grapefruit, one navel orange and until the cold weather got it, a Meyer lemon. We also have a fig and we have yet to see any figs. When we leave FL there is green fruit, but we are never here when it matures. I am sure the birds have a feast! Both the orange and grapefruit got nipped this winter and lost their leaves in a couple of places, however, both are filled with buds about to burst open and the yard will smell heavenly -- at that time you can't keep me inside! There is also a tangerine on the property (which used to be an orchard years ago), but the fruit is so bitter, no one wants to eat it. Does anyone know the trick of "sweetening" up these tangerines?



I can think of a few reasons the Tangerine might be bitter.
1) It might just be too old
2) It might not have been a "winner" in the first place & since the place was an orchard it may have been there to be used only for rootstock
3) It may have self sown there from a hybrid which does not come true from seed
4) I believe this may be the most likely scenario: Good citrus especially in Fl. where nematodes are such an issue are always grafted onto root stock. If one does not tend to the plant properly then oft times unchecked growth shoots will grow from the root stock portion. Since the root stock was not chosen for the purpose of producing great fruit then it produces unacceptable fruit. If you can find the graft & see if the growth is coming from below the graft then that is your answer. You may be able to cut off the growth which stems from below the graft which will leave only the growth above the graft if there is any but there may not be any if it has been neglected for years & years.

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rocklady
Feb 19, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions Ann. Probably all of the above. We will just be content to eat our grapefruit and oranges, which I know are okay, as my brother planted them in the late 90s and the property had laid vacant since the 50s when the surrounding homes were built.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 19, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Yes, I do! DH supplies the coffee grounds. And I can't believe I forgot the blackberry plants! Kiowa Blackberry is pretty good eating!
dave said:Linda, you can add coffee grinds to lower the pH of your potting soil, but I bet you already knew that. Smiling


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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tabby
Feb 19, 2012 12:20 PM CST
We have lots of apple tree here. Most of them are some kind of crab/eating apple cross. They produce very tart apples that are on the smaller side but excellent for jelly, cooking and wine.
We also have a huge seedless white grape that is good for eating and making wine. It's too sweet for jelly IMHO, but I have access to a concord grape for that.
We also have rhubarb, strawberries, plums, tart cherries and some kind of annual huckleberry that's good for pies.

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tropicbreeze
Feb 19, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Mangos (5 varieties), Jakfruit, Custard Apple, Cashews, Pineapple, Guava, Mangosteen (not fruiting yet), A lemon that's unfortunately become so overgrown and shaded out it's stopped producing. Probably should include Coconuts although they're more a nut than a fruit.
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Feb 19, 2012 2:25 PM CST
We have pears, peaches, oranges, satsumas, grapefruit, loquats (my favorites) persimmons, wild muscadines and dew berries, lemons and this year added apples and pompelos. The drought killed the apricot and fig trees.
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Aguane
Feb 19, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Fruity... well, as much as possible in this heat.

Citrus do very well in Metro Phoenix. There are orchards everywhere... and where there are no orchards there are housing developments. Developers took out the orchards in favor of housing.... well, we won't go there Green Grin!

My former house I had peach, grapefruit, Valenicia, Meyer, Blood orange. All did pretty well.

My new (to me) house of 6 years has a Key Lime, Arizona Sweet (orange), and neighbor's tangelo and tangerine. All are extremely prolific. The Arizona Sweet is busting with blossoms. Next December will yield a huge crop... barring a hail storm or hard freeze.
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valleylynn
Feb 19, 2012 10:57 PM CST
I wish I could grow a Loquat here. It makes my mouth water when I think of all the Loquats I ate from my grandmothers tree. It was in her front yard.

We have four different kinds of apples on two trees. wild plum, raspberries, blueberries, a nice gooseberry bush that hasn't produced yet, 3 kinds of wild blackberries, 2 kinds of fig trees that have been producing for about 5 years now, 2 Nanking Cherry bushes that twit sent me, 3 kinds of grapes, native huckleberry bush, Pineapple guava and a Chilean guava bush (Ugni molinae). I also have a pomegranate bush that give me lovely blooms but doesn't set fruit. Our summer nights are way to cool and not a long enough growing season for it to produce.

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LarryR
Feb 20, 2012 1:25 AM CST
Definitely fruity: Strawberries, raspberries, ground cherries, Mirabella and Stanley plums, peaches, apples, apricots, pears, sweet cherries, shipovas, blueberries--all raised organically.

The Mirabella plum was brought to the U.S. by my German ancestors back in the 1850s. It doesn't come true to seed and must be grafted. Both grafted trees and scions were shipped to Buffalo, NY, when my ancestors lived in that area, later bringing trees here to their settlement here in Iowa. The scions were stuck in potatoes to keep them viable on the long voyage across the Atlantic. There are now only a few trees left in this country, but the French consider Mirabella plums to be a delicacy and raise them in orchards.

The Shipova is a cross between a mountain ash and a pear. The fruit is small, about the size of a quarter, and squat, like an Asian pear. It's very sweet. There are only a few other trees of this variety in the U.S.

One of our apple trees is a "johnny Appleseed" tree. It was cloned in the 1990s from a century-old tree planted by Johnathan Chapman in a small town in Ohio.

Ground Cherries are actually a relative of the tomatillo, but are considered a fruit. They make delicious pies and jams.

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Feb 20, 2012 12:12 PM CST
Raspberries, bilberries, gooseberries, red and black currants, all of which grow well in this climate. We have a couple of apple trees planted by a previous owner; but they're not very good varieties. I don't bother with strawberries, as they're so plentiful and good in the market.
The neighbourhood woods are carpeted with wild lingonberries and bilberries. There are even a few of my favourite cloudberries, although you have to go a couple of hundred kilometres north to find masses of them. In summer forest owners bring in hundreds of berry pickers from Thailand to harvest them.
Looking out at the snowy landscape right now, with more heavy snow forecast for tomorrow, thinking of all those fruits is making my mouth water. Excuse me folks while I go to the freezer. Sticking tongue out

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