Late winter thru early spring is the ideal time to plant most fruiting shrubs and trees. At this time, temperatures are lower, so there is less evaporation from trees while the roots recover from transplanting.
If you are new to growing fruits, try growing Citrus ,Blackberries, and Figs for your first effort. These fruits are easy to grow in our area and are very productive with minimal effort. They are well adapted to our climate and do not require complicated care and pruning. There is a lot of variety available in these groups, so even your first fruit garden can be diverse and rewarding.
Most fruits can be grown in containers as long as attention is paid to the root environment, nutritional needs, moisture requirements, and pruning. Most fruit trees prefer full sun. Choose a location with a minimum of 6 – 8 hours of sun.
Blueberries can be grown quite successfully in containers and can tolerate some shade during the summer months..They require an acidic soil. Which should be taken into account in your feeding program. Applications of sulfur can help lower the soils pH below the desired range. Make annual applications of compost and cottonseed meal and maintain a mulch of shredded pine bark or pine straw.
When Planting fruit trees or fruiting shrubs in the ground, choose a well-drained location, fruit trees do not like “wet feet”. Peach and Plum trees do very well in our area and make a beautiful spring statement in your landscape with their lovely blossoms.
Some fruit varieties require a specific number of chill hours (or “chill units”) throughout winter in order to break dormancy, bloom and produce fruit the following Spring. The team at The Beehive can advise you on the average chill hours expected for your area in a normal winter. You can expect success from trees that are as much as 100 – 150 hours within your chill zone (above or below).
Many fruiting trees and shrubs are self-fertile, but will produce a much larger crop when 2 or 3 varieties are present.
All forms of citrus will grow and thrive in our area. The heat and humidity of the Upper Gulf Coast area, offers ideal conditions for growing citrus.
Do not fertilize until the tree has begun putting on vigorous new growth. This will generally be mid-summer of the first year.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”