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nateslu1
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Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
I'd like to plant a couple of fruit trees in my yard and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for trees they have done well with. I was thinking blueberries, satsumas, oranges, peaches, or pears maybe. Does anyone have suggestions on any specific type of these that do well here? TIA


fishfighter
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
There are cold hearty fruit trees that will grow here. Satsuma's are easy to grow. Just plant them were you can block a north wind.


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dcw7g
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Satsumas do great, Meyer lemons do great, navel oranges will often work too. I could never get a peach tree to survive. Not aware of any apples that work here. Blueberries do great but you have to mix at least two varieties. Haven't tried pears. Figs also do well here.


DownSouthDave
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Citrus does well.
Pear
Fig
Persimmon
My peach and apple trees died, but it was probably me not taking care. I would think any LSU variety of anything would have a good chance of surviving.
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CoachChappy
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Peaches are tough. I had some make it a long time, but it took work.
Loquats grow for nothing


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Spankum
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
I have a few trees in the yard and have to say, my favorite of all is a Meyer Lemon...the tree stays fairly small, but just makes loads of great smelling blooms in the spring and is loaded down with lemons later in the year. I don't do much with the lemons, but the tree is just damn pleasant.


PaperPaintball92
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Avocados


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nateslu1
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Thanks for the great tips. Much appreciated!


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jimbeam
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Peanut


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TheriotAF
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Member since Mar 2013
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
I haven't tried it yet but will soon be ordering some trees from STARKBROS. Thinking about putting a couple of dwarf apples in containers until we move back to Louisiana (from NW Florida) and plant them in the ground. Already have a satsuma tree that produced too many fruit last year. Having to pick quite a few flowers off it this year to let it grow.


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MikeD
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
Whatever you plant, make sure it's something you enjoy eating. You will be loaded to the brim with the fruit once they start producing and better to be something you enjoy eating.


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crazycubes
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
My grandma had a fig tree that lived forever


Spankum
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
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My grandma had a fig tree that lived forever


fig trees generally do very well in LA...I actually want to plant purple and gold figs side by side just for the hell of it!


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TJG210
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
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but just makes loads of great smelling blooms in the spring and is loaded down with lemons later in the year. I don't do much with the lemons, but the tree is just damn pleasant.
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I love my Meyer Lemon as well. I squeeze all of my surplus and freeze it into cubes which I then use to put in my crawfish when I start soaking them.


NOLAGT
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
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I squeeze all of my surplus and freeze it into cubes which I then use to put in my crawfish when I start soaking them.


Now thats a good idea


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jeffsdad
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
You live in BR. Citrus should do well. Most all mentioned should do well. Jujubes are something to look at. Taste in between a pear and apple. Peaches require a lot of spraying. Figs, jujubes are care-free. Like said, plant what you like. Muscadines will do great also.


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keakar
Member since Jan 2017
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
satsumas are good down to 20 degrees, most other fruit trees can only handle 30 degrees

go with a Satsuma and expect anything else you plant to be something that requires being covered up and protected when the temps get below 30.

lemons and limes are good as well as grapefruits but it has to be something you eat as anything you plant will "at some point" yield a truckload of fruit so you better love eating them


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mack the knife
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
2 problems with peach and apples in S LA:
- both produce much better with a certain # of hours below Xdegrees and you need to be at least 50 miles north of BR to expect those temps consistently. i don't remember the exact numbers, but call Clegg's Nursery and ask for Johnny Naylor if interested.
- there is a wasp that lays eggs in the blossoms and then hatches in the mature fruit with a big appetite. this can be controlled through spraying (again, i'm not sure of the specifics) but you need to be vigilant and there is a schedule of repeat applications.


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StrongBackWeakMind
Member since May 2014
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
I have an orange tree. Produces a shitload of delicious oranges.


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Reubaltaich
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Member since Jun 2006
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re: Ideas for fruit trees to grow in south Louisiana
If ya'll don't mind, I want to hi-jack this thread a little.

Wife wants to plant a few blueberry bushes, maybe 2 or 3.
We live wayyy up here in 'Yankee' country, Ouachita parish.

What are the prospects on 2-3 blue berry bushes up here in the Arctic.


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