Fruit Tree Tips: Pomegranates, Pears, Figs
by Jim Kamas
Best time to plant
Fall is ideal to plant containerized fruit trees. But, due to shipping costs, January is when nurseries stock their best selection of bare root specimens.
Do I need a pollinator?
Plums: depends on variety.
Apples: need another apple tree of a different variety.
Pears: While pears can and do set some fruit as lone trees, we do consider them to be strongly cross-pollinated. Two different varieties with similar chilling requirements mean they will bloom together and provide pollen for insect transfer. Bees and other insects are necessary for pollination.
Figs: Figs are not fruits, but are the fleshy mesocarps-the flower of the fig-so pollination isn’t needed
Fruit trees require nitrogen. But Kamas’ trees get all the nitrogen they need from tree litter that breaks down on top. Gardeners can turn in compost and top with mulch.
Require good drainage. Work in lots of compost. Be sure to keep grass or other plants away from the trunk, and mulch to prevent weeds.?
Water deeply to the drip line; then let dry out. Remember to water in dry winters.
Pomegrantes to watch for
Le Conte pear
Growing Fruit in the Texas Hill Country, Aggie Horticulture
Fruit Gardening in the Landscape, Aggie Horticulture
Home Fruit Growing, Travis County Texas AgriLife Extension
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