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Apr 06

Discover 3 Unique Fruits You Can Grow in North Texas

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 11:59 AM by Wendy Jorgensen

Looking to spruce up your garden or landscape next spring and want to try something new? It’s never too late to start planning. Here are three unique and delectable fruits you can grow in your own backyard!

Plums
Plums are a sweet and tart fruit. The tree bares plum fruitbeautiful white flowers when it is in full bloom, making it a great addition to anyone’s landscape. The two prominently used species in the United States are European plums and Japanese plums. Unfortunately, European plums typically do not do well in Texas because of the heat. However, varieties categorized as Japanese hybrids have been adapted to withstand temperatures in Texas.

Plum trees should be planted between January and mid-February. If you are planting in containers, you have until the end of March. Most varieties do not self-produce fruit, so you will most likely need two varieties to aid in pollination. Varieties recommended for North Texas include Methley, Santa Rose, Bruce, Morris and Ozark Premiere.

Pomegranates
Pomegranates have increased in popularity pomegranate fruitbecause of their high levels of antioxidants, as well as their sweet and thirst-quenching nature. Fortunately, pomegranate shrubs grow well in hot areas and some varieties can even withstand bitter temperatures.

Plant pomegranate shrubs in early spring, but keep in mind it will take two to four years to start producing any fruit. After the shrub has bloomed its orange-red flowers, fruit will generally begin to ripen six months following during the hot summer month and should mature come fall. Varieties suitable for North Texas are Wonderful, Al-sirin-nar, Surh Anor, Spanish Sweet, Salavatski and Russian 18.

Figs
Figs are not a fruit that people typically think to fig fruitplant, let alone think of at all. But these small fruits are a great source of fiber. When dried, figs are a delicious addition to salads and so many other recipes. Also, figs are one of the easiest fruits to grow in areas with mild winters like North Texas!

Figs grow as multi-trunked trees and can reach up to 20-feet tall, so they must be nicely spread apart. As for what time of year they need to be planted, late winter or early spring is recommended. They usually start bearing fruit in late spring, but larger crops produce from summer to fall. Varieties used in North Texas are Alma, Celeste/Celestial and Texas Everbearing.

If you have any questions or comments, please comment down below or on our Texas Pure Products Facebook page. For more information on these specific fruits and how to successfully grow them, visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Happy planting!

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