Fruit Trees at Home Depot

gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)January 22, 2011

took the hubs in yesterday to load up on heavy bags; and HD in Lake Mary had just received a fruit tree shipment. So, now we are researching and deciding what we want. $20 each. They had several florida variety peach trees; and lookee what I found "Farther upstate in Alachua, Bob Wallace of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm is among a handful of nurserymen growing and selling the trees. He has lined up several Central Florida Home Depot stores to sell his trees, and he hopes to have them in South Florida by April or May."

course, this is probably old news to the pros.

I can't seem to find a plum tree in the lot that is suited for 9B, so now hubs has me looking for apple.

~dianne

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mercyendures

That is good news.In Jacksonville I asked my store about fruit trees and was told they haven't been ordered yet and it would be well into Feb before they get any in. I hope that isn't true. I am going to check back.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 1:41PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

hubs = husband

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 8:47PM
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wallisadi

orange city depot has two kinds of plum trees, dwarf and a not so dwarf...not sure of the variety. had them out with the peaches, apples and pears.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 7:23AM
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saintpfla

How large are the fruit trees? Any good orange trees?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 10:51AM
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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

No orange trees. They are in 3 gallon containers. Deciduous trees. Apple, Pear, Plum, Peach - thats all I remember. They had Santa Rosa dwarf plum; we passed. We are the proud parents of an Anna Apple. She spent the night in the garage. They looked good yesterday; hopefully they got some blankies for the night. grin They also had Dorsett Golden Apple; I'm going to work on my neighbors today - they've been wanting a fruit tree.

And yes, hubs is my DH - darling husband - who enjoys the fruits of my labors and agrees to the occasional haul heavy stuff for me.

~dianne

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 12:17PM
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billbrandi(9)

Last year I purchased something called a "columnar apple tree." This year, lo and behold, miracle of miracles, I have apples growing, apples in "Florida!!!!!

Since truth is the best policy here is the size they really are. But they are apples and I grew them!!!!!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 1:06PM
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saintpfla

WOW!!! Hey- small or large - it still counts. Congrats! I didn't even know you could grow apples in Florida! I grew up on a Northeast apple & pear farm.

If it makes you feel any better, my 2-year old honeybell oranges are about that size. Guess I'll pay attention to fertilizing more this year.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 3:49PM
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wanna_run_faster

Beautiful apples. My HD's have their fruit trees in...I got a small cocktail improved meyers / key lime. I'm also on the look-out for neelum, duncan and cogshell mango so if anyone spots them in Broward let me know!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 5:45PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Dianne, good choice on the Anna apple. I had it in Arizona and produces apples very early, very productive, the fruit is on the sour side but good to make applesauce or pies. Why you did not like the Santa Rosa plum? It is one of my favorites, I also had it in Phoenix, grew very tall and very good fruit! Now I have a cocktail plum and one of the fruits is Santa Rosa, it fruited the second year I planted and is very tall now.

Bill, those are some great apples! I was also thinking about the columnar apples because they look like they use less space and look very ornamental, let us know about the taste of the fruit. Getting some sapodillas now despite the cold, I will pick them unripe like somebody suggested for best flavor.

Saintpfla, you must have great memories growing up in the apple and pear farm. I loved to pick apples in the fall, my favorite apple is the Macoun apple, can not buy it around here, it is only a memory now.-(

Silvia

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 7:06PM
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loufloralcityz9

Sylvia,
You can buy a box of those apples from the link below.
They are New England's favorite apples for sure!!!

Lou

Here is a link that might be useful: Marcoun Apple

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 7:51PM
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loufloralcityz9

AW Shucks, looks like they ran out of those marcoun apples now.

Lou

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 8:00PM
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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

How are cocktail plums created? Multiple grafts on one rootstock? That looks ... interesting.

We looked up Santa Rosa Plum (it was actually our first choice) and the chill hours are more suited to North Florida than Central Florida; then the UF/IFAS Fruitscapes page has then to say 'Santa Rosa' produces a purple/red colored fruit with red flesh. Santa Rosa is an older cultivar that is no longer recommended due to susceptibility to plum leaf scald and other diseases of bacterial origin.

Since we are growing this as on ornamental edible out in the front I didn't like the idea of bacterial leaf footer spread problems near my veggie garden.

I suppose who knows what is what since we don't really know what root stock it is on, right?

We have one of those Meyer Lemon/Key Limes in one pot thinga-ma-jigs. I got it off the clearance rack at Lowe's for $5. It looked pretty sad when I brought it home but it is perking up. It is two different plants very close together; and it is actually a Meyer Lemon and a Limequat. I love Key Lime's so if the Limequat thrives I'll be happy. I just scratch my head in confusion over two fruit trees planted so close together.

~dianne

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 8:31PM
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loufloralcityz9

I bought those citrus sale pots at Lowes a few years back when the sign said CLEARANCE 3 one gallon pots for 5 bucks. They were little bitty things probably a foot tall at most and really scraggly looking, a Ponkan Tangerine, a Blood Orange, and a Lemon that looks like a small orange that makes fruit all year long, you pick a branch clean and it flowers right off(I cant remember the name they gave it and the tag is now missing). All three now make great tasting fruits especially the Ponkan Tangerine & the Blood Orange which we just finished the last one this weekend. They grow in my citrus tent greenhouse(I remove the cover during the summer).

It was well worth the 5 bucks.
Lou

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 9:24PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Lou, thank you for the link, maybe next year I will try to get me a box. They are available for a short season in the fall if I remember correctly, I always got them in the farmers market at North Hampton, they were selling straight from the farm.
Talking about apple trees, I hope that you get a Macoun. I have 3 heirloom apples now for zone 9, one of them was Thomas Jefferson favorite.

Dianne, my cocktail plum tree has 4 different low-chill varieties one of them being the santa rosa, it is an a citation dwarf rootstock that is also resistant to nematodes. Plum trees don't like to get wet feet, that is why they do well in a dry weather like Phoenix. I have mine in a slope in the eastern side of the house, plenty of drainage there. All my fruit trees are kept small under 6 feet, except the plum and the avocado that my family would not let me cut it.:)

Silvia

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 8:35AM
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amberroses(10a)

After much much deliberation I picked up a Florida Prince peach tree. It was between that or the apples, but I like peaches better. I had to pack it in my tardis type (bigger on the inside) car because I don't have a truck. You wouldn't believe how much I have gotten to fit in my car.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 7:29PM
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blutayle(z9aFL)

Amberroses,
I just picked up one the other day too...I know it does not state if it is grafted on nematode resistant stock but for 19 bucks I will give it a try...nice looking tree to...not too twiggy...post its progress and let us know...I also picked up a white flowering dogwood with it and curious to see how it handles the summer in my zone 9A...good luck...I can smell the peach cobbler now.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 12:56AM
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jwahlton(9B Kisimee)

Where, in Central Florida, can I get a peach tree?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 9:44AM
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blutayle(z9aFL)

Hi Jwahlton,
Right now all HD and Lowes big box stores have loads of fruit trees in...not all are low chill though...so a little tricky...the best is the Flordaprince if u can find it only requires 150 chilling hours. If you want a top notch tree u can try Bay Laurel or Just Fruits and Exotics on the web as they guarantee proper root stock for your locale...but for me as a test I was willing to just plop down 20bucks and if it is lost due wrong root stock...then no big deal...nice healthy lookin trees too...

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 10:27AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Lou: Do you get good color on your blood orange fruit here in FL? I grew the Moro and Sanguinelli (sp) in AZ and got good color. I gave them to my mom when we moved out here and haven't replaced them but found the Moro variety at a nursery nearby. I have heard that they don't get dark coloring here compared to the southwest or interior CA. Just wondering how they do for you. They are my dh's absolute favorite :)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 11:51AM
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loufloralcityz9

SJN,
They had pretty good coloring for Florida, but they don't compare with the blood red color you get from Calif. To me the eating oranges tasted better out west too. I think they mainly grow oranges for juice in Fl. Every available inch of my yard when I lived in Calif had different fruiting trees I put there. I love fruit & nut trees and I'm trying to grow whatever types will grow here.

I don't know the name of my blood red tree.
Lou

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 1:35PM
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jwahlton(9B Kisimee)

I did buy an orange and meyer lemon at HD for $10 the other day. They didn't have any peach trees that I saw. I might check Lowes this weekend though.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 3:36PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I went and got the Blood orange from that nursery lol. I have no willpower when it comes to citrus. If I could, I would have one of everything :) I had a australian fingerlime in AZ but my mom has it now. It makes the cutest little long limes that are like little gelatin balls inside. I miss that plant but hear they don't like the humidity here.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 7:38PM
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jwahlton(9B Kisimee)

"Right now all HD and Lowes big box stores have loads of fruit trees in...not all are low chill though...so a little tricky...the best is the Flordaprince if u can find it only requires 150 chilling hours. If you want a top notch tree u can try Bay Laurel or Just Fruits and Exotics on the web as they guarantee proper root stock for your locale...but for me as a test I was willing to just plop down 20bucks and if it is lost due wrong root stock...then no big deal...nice healthy lookin trees too..."

I found a Florida Prince and Florida King peach tree at HD this morning. I was on my way into work so I didn't buy it, but will this weekend! I hope I can stuff it into my Camry. The Prince said it grows to 25' tall and wide. Is that right?

They also had Anna Apple trees. Know anything about those?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 5:14PM
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loufloralcityz9

Jwahlton,
The Anna Apple is an Israeli selection with sweet, slightly tart, crisp with a creamy white fleshed fruit for mild winter climates. The trees produce at an early age and bears heavy crops of flavorful apples even in low desert areas. Use fresh or cooked. Keeps for 2 months in the refrigerator. Ripens in July. 200-300 Chill hrs. Somewhat self-fruitful but best pollinated by Dorsett Golden or Ein Shemer

The Dorsett Golden Apple is an outstanding southern selection, medium to large, firm, very flavorful sweet apple for warm winter areas. Recommended as good early season apple for mild winter climates. Ripens in late June/July. Good pollinator for Anna. 100-250 Chill hours. Self-fruitful.

The Ein Shemer Apple Tree is another very low chilling selection from Israel. It bears young and is very productive. Ein Shemer Apple Trees are a large, Golden Delicious type, with a crisp tart flavor and a good quality flesh. The Ein Shemer is an excellent multi-use southern apple that ripens mid-June to early July, after the Anna Apple Tree. The Ein Shemer Apple Tree is a self-fertile apple tree. 350 chill hours

I just finished planting all three of those trees here. So It will be a few years before I get fruit and can give a taste report.

Lou

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 10:25PM
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dianekathome(9b)

I was at Kerby's Nursery in Seffner yesterday. They have a big selection of fruit trees for Florida; apple, pear, peach, plum and lots of tropical fruit. Prices are probably a bit higher than HD, but a MUCH better selection.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kerby's Nursery

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 11:26AM
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jall36_yahoo_net

hd has a 75% mark up on all their tree, about 90% of them are dieased

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 6:20PM
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