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Geaux1
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Fruit tree ideas
I live in Baton Rouge area and wanting to add another fruit tree to yard. I Currently have a young satsuma and considering Meyer lemon and or a fig tree. If lemon tree would produce closer to crawfish season I probably would plant one but outside of fresh lemonade I’m not sure what else to do with.

Please post ideas along with brand/variety suggestions
Thanks


CrawDude
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Space for 1 more fruit tree that’s not citrus - fig (Celeste, Brown Turkey, LSU Purple), Japanese Persimmon (Fuyu), perhaps a Loquat (Gold Nugget). Like citrus, none of these require another cultivar (variety) for cross pollination to produce fruit.

You can do Improved Meyer Lemon as well, not as cold hardy as Satsuma, but pretty cold hardy nonetheless. Friend freezes the whole lemons to use when boiling crawfish in the spring.


Spankum
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re: Fruit tree ideas
I have quite a few fruit trees ant my Meyer lemon is my favorite of all. The tree blooms prolifically and the fruit looks beautiful on the tree.


cgrand
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re: Fruit tree ideas
loquat (Japanese plum)
beautiful tree, bountiful harvest, maintenance free and no freeze issues.



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Geaux1
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Spankum and others...what do you do with your lemon harvest?


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Blueberry bushes
Apple-pear tree


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Bee Man
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Lemons are not very cold hardy.

Persimmon trees are hard to beat. If you’ve never eaten a permission, you’re missing out. They’re much, much better than they look. Fuyu persimmons are non astringent, meaning that you can eat them before they are totally ripe. They just get sweeter and sweeter as they ripen.

Not a tree, but if you have the room, muscadines are really good too.

I’ve never tried them, but jujube trees grow well down here too. They’re said to have an apple flavor, but sweeter.
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F73ME
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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perhaps a Loquat (Gold Nugget)


Do you know who would carry that variety in SELA?


CrawDude
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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Do you know who would carry that variety in SELA?

I purchased my Loquat, Gold Nugget cultivar, 2 1/2 years ago at Southside Produce in Baton Rouge, but I’ve seen them carried by Home Depot, Lowe’s, retail plant nurseries in Baton Rouge (for example, Cleggs). You shouldn’t have any problem finding one. I think Gold Nugget is likely the only named Loquat cultivar you are likely to find in our area.

I also have a “seedling” (= unnamed variety) cultivar Loquat I purchased in Forest Hill as a 15 gallon container plant 3 1/2 years ago. Produces just as nice and large fruit as as the Gold Nugget, so I wouldn’t be concerned about finding a named cultivar. They grow fast - in fact the 3 gallon Gold Nugget was 1/3 the size of the 15 gal loquat. They are now the same size - 10-12 feet tall. Produced a lot jam this past year from the fruit.


gumbo2176
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re: Fruit tree ideas
I now only have a fig tree in my back yard and the only issue with them is beating the birds in the morning to pick the ripening figs. Damn birds will peck a hole in one fig, eat just a bit of the sweetest part and head to others to do the same.

Pisses me off to get out there and find 20+ ripening figs ruined by birds right at dawn, but that is how life is with fig trees.

I had a loquat (Japanese Plum) and a satsuma tree that both got killed by Katrina's floodwaters and I never replaced them, but they produced quite a bit of great fruit for me before that.


ETA: I second a persimmon. One of my favorite fruits to eat------when ripe.
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Clint Torres
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Guy over here in NOLA swears by these Cherries..

LINK
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cgrand
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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I also have a “seedling” (= unnamed variety) cultivar Loquat

all of my loquats are from sprouted seed. the biggest one is an easy 30', and almost as wide. i started with one sprout that i dug up in a neighbors' yard

OP if you want a few i have hundreds sprouted under that big tree (no exaggeration). i'm in hammond and BR i'll dig you up as many as you want


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OGM
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re: Fruit tree ideas
Thanks for sharing the cherry tree link! I just might need one of those
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CrawDude
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Member since Apr 2019
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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Thanks for sharing the cherry tree link! I just might need one of those

I considered the Barbados Cherry as well a few years back but in Baton Rouge, an extended hard freeze just might do it in so i passed for something more cold hardy but in New Orleans the Barbados Cherry might do just fine.


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Pastalaya
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re: Fruit tree ideas
not to hijack but i just received a "Hand of Buddha" citrus plant. I've been looking it up and will try to figure out how to care for this thing. Anyone w/ experience on this?


jeffsdad
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re: Fruit tree ideas
If Loquat fruits in your area I'd go with that, second place would be jujube.


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AlxTgr
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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Persimmon trees are hard to beat. If you’ve never eaten a permission, you’re missing out. They’re much, much better than they look. Fuyu persimmons are non astringent, meaning that you can eat them before they are totally ripe. They just get sweeter and sweeter as they ripen.

I've never had a good one. I love the wild ones though.


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humblepie
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re: Fruit tree ideas
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"Hand of Buddha" citrus plant


Is it this? LINK


Athis
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re: Fruit tree ideas
From my personal experience with fig trees was that they attracted rats. I'll admit I didn't keep up with picking the fruit so that might have had something to do with the rats. If you can pick the fruit before the birds or rats get to them then you are ahead of the game.


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Pastalaya
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re: Fruit tree ideas
That’s it. Different reports on how fickle it is to grow inside. My best bet is a sunny spot on the porch in a well drained pot. Looking forward to making some Buddacello


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