Tuesday, January 17th


by Melissa Jones


Posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 9:37 AM


Get full details about the plants shown during the Calloway’s segment on Good Morning Texas at www.calloways.com.
Now is the time to plant fruit, berries and grapes in Texas!
Here are some fun plants to consider trying in your Texas garden:
If you’ve ever considered adding a fruit tree to your landscape, now is the time to plant them.  In Texas we can grow Pear, Apple, Fig, Peach, Nuts and many more types of fruit trees.  Find out about the many varieties by reading the Calloway’s Trees of Plenty blog.
Something interesting are the grafted fruit trees.  A strong hardy tree trunk has multiple varieties of fruit trees grafted to one trees.  So you can grow an orchard on one tree! 
Grafted Fruit trees:
5N1 Apple Trees: In the Spring this tree blooms with flowers.  You can harvest mid to late summer fresh fruit for eating, baking, desserts and applesauce. 5N1 Apple trees are moderate growers and average 30’ tall and 30’ wide.  The 5N1 Apple tree should be spaced 30’ apart and prefers neutral to slightly acid soil. 
Fruit Cocktail Trees: Enjoy blooms in the garden on this tree in the Spring. Fruit Cocktail trees are moderate growers and reach 30’ in height and 30’ in width.  These fruit trees should be spaced 25’ apart and prefer neutral to slightly acid soil. Each variety is perfect for fresh-eating, baking, preserves or desserts.
Make it a berry merry 2012, plant some delicious, easy-to-grow, beautiful berries and grapes in your Texas garden.
Blackberries are some of the easiest fruits to grow in our area.  They tolerate the wide variety of different soil types in our region. They also offer natural resistance to insects and diseases. And they can add beauty to your landscape.
Apache- A thornless variety of blackberry ripens in early July. It produces an abundance of large, sweet blackberry fruit. The plant grows erect and is self-supporting.
Arapaho-Another thornless blackberry variety ripens in late Texas gardens May to early June producing an abundance of large, very firm and flavorful fruit. The blackberry plant grows erect and is self-supporting.
Natchez-Produces large, firm Blackberries that ripen around the first of June in Texas gardens with high yields.
Navaho-The first ever thornless Blackberry is erect and self-supporting. Glossy black berries are sweeter and firmer than other thornless varieties and produces fruit in Texas gardens in mid-June. The Navaho blackberry is very winter hardy in Texas and requires little maintenance.
For more detailed Blackberry care and use tips visit www.calloways.com.
Some key points to keep in mind:
·         Blackberries grow best in full sun when planted in rich, well-drained soils.
·         Space blackberry plants 3 to 4 feet apart. Fertilize in early Spring when growth starts and again just after harvest.
·         Blackberries are self-pollinators. They do not require another variety to produce fruit.
·         In the landscape, they can be used as a barrier hedge or trellised on a fence.
Blueberries require little care or fertilizer in Texas gardens. We know of no insect or disease problems making the plants easy to grow and maintain. Plant blueberries in full sun and choose from these recommended varieties:
Tifblue-The most popular variety blueberry grows vigorous and upright in habit and Tifblue readily adapts as a hedge. The delicious berries are large, light blue and highly flavored. They ripen mid-to-late season in Texas.
Premier- Vigorous, low spreading blueberry shrubs are popular for home orchards. Premier blueberries ripen in Texas gardens in mid-June with large, bright blue fruit.
Get more detailed Blueberry care and use tips at www.calloways.com
·         Space plants 6 to 8 feet apart.
·         Handsome shrubs- Blueberries make attractive additions to your spring Texas landscape with a fresh flush of foliage.
·         Summer interest develops as large, light or dark blue fruit ripens in Texas gardens during May and June.
·         Fall color comes when cool weather turns blue-green leaves to Autumn tones.
·         Blueberries prosper in large containers on patios and decks as well as in the landscape.
‘Pink Lemonade’ Blueberries:
You’ve probably heard the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Well what do you make when your garden gives you Pink Blueberries? The possibilities are endless!
Add a fun twist to your garden this Spring with the new ‘Pink Lemonade’ Blueberries.  This brand new blueberry has created a bit of a garden buzz!
‘Pink Lemonade’ Blueberry offers colorful berries and delicious fruit along with Fall foliage accent colors.  The blueberry bush grows to 4.5’ by 5’ in about 10 years and is best used for mixed borders, mass plantings or just good ol’ fruit production.
The berry color and flavor appeals to gourmet cooks and those seeking a culinary novelty, the beauty of the plant with its rosy fruit and vigorous habit make the ‘Pink Lemonade’ a plant that is both beautiful and functional in Texas gardens.
Read the blog about this interesting plant here.
Growing ‘Dorman Red’ Raspberries in Texas
The best red Raspberry for the South, ‘Dorman Red’ offers a trailing habit that grows well on trellises. A vigorous grower, it will produce fruit in the second year. The soil should contain plenty of organic matter and drain well. Select a sunny location and mulch 2 to 3 inches after planting.
Dorman Red Raspberry is self-pollinating and produces large, bright red berries in Texas gardens early June.
Find more detailed Raspberry use and care tips at www.calloways.com
·         The fruit is excellent eaten fresh or used in jams, jellies and pies.  
·         With just a little care, you’ll enjoy an abundance of your own tart-sweet fruit. And raspberries make a colorful addition to your landscape!
Growing Grapes in Texas
Grapes-for fruit, wine, shade and fall color! A single grapevine can produce enough new growth each year to cover an arbor or wall. It can also provide colorful edible fruit and dominant trunk and branching patterns for Winter interest!
Learn more about grape varieties that do well in Texas and get care tips at www.calloways.com
Citrus Trees:
Container grown Citrus trees make for wonderful patio or entry way planters.  These come in lemon, lime, grapefruit and more.  Citrus trees must be brought into a greenhouse, garage or indoors during winter months.  They aren’t cold hardy in our zone but for the majority of the year they can be kept outside.  Enjoy Citrus trees for their beauty, aroma and fruit.
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