Thursday, July 28, 2011

Selecting Fruit Trees for Southern California

My cousin has given me permission to help her with getting her garden started. So, I've been doing some research on the type of fruit trees to get for our area. Having several fruit trees in your property is a great start for your garden! You plant them once and enjoy the bounty for many years to come.

  1. Decide what type of fruits you like. You wouldn't want to grow anything you won't eat. It's a waste of time and energy. So, she's decided that she wanted a nectarine, cherry, lemon, and a lime tree.
  2.  See what varieties grow best for your area. In this case, in Southern California. I've decided to go with Snow Queen Nectarine, Minnie Royal Cherry & Royal Lee Cherry (you need the two different varieties to pollenate each other), Meyer Lemon, and Bear Seedless Lime.
  3. Find the nurseries around your area or online stores that carry those varieties. I've found a few places that offer the fruit trees that I'm looking for around our area. Here's a list that can get you started.
  • Four Winds Growers - Enjoy perusing their site of over 60 varieties of fine Citrus trees, including a selection of rare and unusual Citrus that may not yet be available in retail nurseries.
  • Bay Laurel Nursery - Browse through the hundreds of varieties of high quality fruit trees, shrubs and vines we sell online.
  • Tropical Fruit Trees - Located in Nornthern San Diego County in Vista, California, you can find tons of subtropical and tropical fruits trees.
  • Dave Wilson Nursery - One of the largest growers of deciduous fruit, nut and shade trees in California. Their growing grounds are located east of Modesto in the Sierra Nevada foothills, near the town of Hickman.

    Lemon Tree in a pot at a restaurant! Beautiful!!

    Apple Tree

What fruit trees are you growing in your garden? If you have a picture that would be even more wonderful!


    1. Hi Sheila - for me, growing trees is a bit problematic as they pose a fire danger. I live among trees so adding more, well, seems like a bad idea. But I think I'm going to have to add some small shade trees. if I irrigate them, it'll help. I did plant a lemon a few months ago. Good luck with your selection!

    2. Hi Country Mouse, wow, I never concidered the threat of fire. Although, I'm glad you have that lemon tree! It comes in really handy in almost any dish.


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