Fruit tree planting in Central FL

wardog25March 13, 2012

Any opinions on how to prepare the ground for newly purchased fruit trees?

Should I just till the soil and plant them? Or mix in manure and compost first?

I live just south of Orlando and hope to plant an avocado, blueberries, peach, mango, and banana.

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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

For the avocado and peach don't amend. Dig a hole the depth of the potted rootball and no deeper but 3 times as wide and plant it. Mulch the tree out to the drip line after it is planted but keep the mulch a couple inches back from the trunk.

I have no idea on mango.

For the banana amend it with everything you have, the richer the better and water water water.

The blueberries are different. You don't want to put them in our native soil at ALL. They need very acid soil so mix together pine bark fines (2 cf purple bag labeled pine bark at walmart) and Canadian peat. Mix the two 50/50 and use an entire purple bag and equivalent peat per plant. Make a hole half as deep as the root ball but 3 feet across and dispose of the native sand. Fill the hole up with the pine fines peat mix and plant the blueberry into that so that each plant looks like a little mound. Mulch with more pinebark fines and add sulfur to the surrounding soil. Only use acidic type fertilizer on the BB bushes such as Miracle grow camellia and azalea formula and never use a fertilizer that contains muriate of potash.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 5:33PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

I found a good link (below) for your Mango tree...just scroll down a little to "Planting a Mango"...if you have sandy soil, it gives you some directions on how to plant it.

Just be prepared to protect them in winter since they don't like frost/freeze...but I'm sure you already know this :o)
Enjoy your fruit trees and good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Mango Growing in the Florida Home Landscape1

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 8:14PM
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Great! Thanks for the info everyone.
Any clue on what is best for a guava tree?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 8:21AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Hi - here's the page about guava @ 1 of my go-to sites for tropical fruit info ....

Here is a link that might be useful: Fruit Facts

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 11:59AM
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    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 4:48PM
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