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nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
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Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 13 11:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

8 peach trees, to compliment my persimmons, figs & even trying some kiwi's, also got pears & tangerines.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
Look out, its the fruit tree pusher.


Moi?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nugger wrote:
8 peach trees, to compliment my persimmons, figs & even trying some kiwi's, also got pears & tangerines.


I didn't think you'd get enough cold in the winter for peaches?

Would love to grow tangerines

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
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Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well we normally get down to 15F which is about -8 but this year we have only got down to 28F, actually they forecast a freeze this morning but only got to 40 but supposed to be 28 in the morning, we shall see. In this part of the country its kinda the bermuda triangle for growing, if you pick your plants you can grow apple's, pear's bananas & citrus all together, weird hey. The peach's we grow req 450 hrs below 40, crest, florida king & queen are the types I have. We are only an hr from the Georgia border & Georgia is the peach state!
What brings us the cold weather is the jet stream & normally we get our last frost around now but last year it was 31 Jan. This year we have had 6 lots of 2 days at a time where it got down to around 28 for a few hrs but its enough for my papya's to drop there fruit but it hasn't killed the plants this year. You have to get your tomato plants in the ground as soon as the frost's have gone so that the fruit will set because if not the nights later on will be too hot for the fruit to set, 72F ! Hard to take it in after living in Britain, that now I am in a place where its too hot to grow tomato's lol. Go 2 hrs south to Tampa & its tropical, grow all kinda things but up here we got some granddaddy oaks, live oaks, I have one down my drive that is 18ft round, I know cos I put my arms round it 3 times to span it & thats a baby! looks so nice with the spanish moss.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hold on, so if it gets down to 15F how do your tangerines survive? (If it's warm enough for citrus could you grow mangoes?)

Sounds great though, especially the oak.

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
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Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 12:59 pm    Post subject: Tangerine Reply with quote    


tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A satsuma? Looks great

So, is it warm enough for mangoes?

I gather blood oranges like a bit of a chill, ever tried them?

I guess pecans, pistachios would do fine too?

But I bet our apples are better than yours

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44281
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Talking of fruit trees OP's just updated his search function, FINALLY a nursery website that lets you filter by multiple attributes

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/search.aspx?aid=208

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
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Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep, your apples would be better, wouldn't even try to grow them, the tangerine is a ponkon & pecans grow good here, they are a member of the hickory family & got some big hickory's too. Mangoes wont grow because of the frost's we get. If only we had soil instead of sand & I mean sand not sandy soil lol, white sand. Takes plants some time before the get moving.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Posts: 3223
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I lived in Miami for a year and it was thrilling to go into the garden and pick a proper avocado for lunch. After having starfruit pancakes for breakfast. And papaya for dessert. We all went up to Pensacola at nut harvest time to pick the pecans on my friends' family smallholding and I always remember their hospitality when I see pecans in the shops here. Great peanut vendors on the side of the road, peanuts boiled in their shells in salt water were delicious.
All only exotic to me, of course, commonplace to the Floridians I was with.
I guess I drove across the Suwannee River when we did a road trip to Denver. I think I remember a sing-song, four part harmony.

Welcome to Downsizer!

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep peanuts & more peanuts lol, just sown some for curiosity. The wife & I visited some gardens near Floridacity, close to Miami & what you did was try all these diff kinda fruits in the shop & then walk around the gardens & see them growing. There was mangoes, jack fruit, even cachews which I never new grew on the bottom of a fruit , just one nut stuck to the bottom of this small apple size red fruit, which my friend over the back tells me tastes superb.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 13 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you post a link? Even as a fantasy, that kind of thing would be a great part of a holiday.

Can't tell you how much I'd like to wake up somewhere like Tampa tomorrow ~ months of rain and grey coldness have got into my bones.

nugger



Joined: 03 Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Location: North Florida
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 13 3:00 am    Post subject: Fruit & spice park Reply with quote    

http://fruitandspicepark.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=25

Today will hopefully be our last freez, its 34 now at 10pm & is going down another few degrees, only got to 58 today & cloudy & windy too, reminded me of home, gets me down after a day without the sun lol. The link above is where we went, thanks Frank

Marches



Joined: 13 Dec 2011
Posts: 171
Location: Nr Peak District, England
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 13 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I planted a red haven peach tree about a month ago.

VM



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 1745
Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 13 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, I have planted the Czar plum and the Ingalls Grimoldby Gage - picture and more info on the gage on my blog post of a few days ago.

Not sure it's good for me, this thread - keep getting v envious of people with space for lots of trees! But also, thanks, various people for links to interesting nurseries. The Kore Wild Fruit site really interesting and helpful - also like the edible hedging people - can't remember if that link came from here, but here it is in case anyone interested in future: www.thefruitnursery.co.uk.

Happy planting if any time left when the snow has cleared.

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