Tropical varieties of fruit trees can grow well in Houston as long as they are cared for properly. All tropical trees must be protected during freezes, need well-draining soils, and balanced organic fertilizers must be used instead of chemical fertilizers.
Avocado: Houston gardeners who have been waiting for cold tolerant avocados can rejoice! Mexican Avocados are beautiful trees in the landscape. Their large, glossy leaves and naturally pyramidal shape are distinctly favorable attributes. Clusters or pale green, unremarkable flowers appear in February and the fruit ripens in the fall. Avocados require full sun, adequate moisture, and good drainage. Additionally, the trees need protection from damaging winds, sunburn, and frost for the first few years. Once established, avocados are fairly tough trees and will tolerate a normal Houston winter. However, many avocados fail during the first 12 months due to poor soil drainage, sunburn or improper irrigation habits.
We will have 7-gallon Pancho avocados for sale on March 8. This tree should be planted the first week in April in well-draining soil. The foliage of the Pancho avocado has a licorice scent when crushed. Its fruit is medium-sized with slick green skin. Its delicious taste is rich and smooth. The fruit matures early, sometimes as early as mid-August.
Dragon Fruit are dramatic looking, fruit bearing members of the cactus family. It has snaking limbs that that can be trained to grow on a trellis, arbor, pole, fence, or even up a tree. The dazzling, giant white flowers are fragrant night bloomers. The plant is self-fruitful and experiences multiple fruiting cycles within a season, producing one of the most nutritious exotic fruits with a mouthwatering, light sweet taste. The flesh of the American Beauty variety is white or red with black seeds while the skin is highly ornamental with dramatic scales. Each fruit weighs up to one pound! This plant will grow in full sun or light shade and needs to be well drained. It can also be grown in large containers. The fruit is excellent eaten fresh or in frozen drinks.
NOTE: All dragon fruit need protection from hard freezes, especially when young, and from prolonged frosts or freezes when mature.
Miracle Fruits are aptly named: when the fruit is eaten, a miracle occurs. For about 30 minutes after eating the fruits, even the sourest, most bitter foods will taste sweet! This is an evergreen bush or tree that grows to be about 5 feet. Its leaves are dark and elongated and its flowers are white and bloom throughout the year. The berries contain a single seed and are small and bright red.
This tree grows well inside, in full to partial sun with high humidity. In fact, misting the leaves and maintaining an even moisture level helps growth. Miracle fruits will produce after 3 to 4 years or when the plant is two feet tall.
Why buy local? The fruit trees that we sell at our sales are grafted onto root stock that do well in our unique soil conditions and that are acclimated to the environment of the Gulf Coast Region. Before you buy a fruit tree anywhere, always ask to make sure that it is right for your area.