Fruit Trees

“Fruit Trees”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

The fruit trees that were planted last year are doing very well.  I expected that the pear tree might bear a few fruit this year as the Bartlett pear tree that was planted several years ago is doing extremely well.  The new one does not have that many pears, but for a new tree, it is surpassing expectations.  I am surprised that the birds are leaving it alone.  Maybe having all those feeders and bird baths are keeping them too busy to check out the fruit trees.

The two new peach trees are also doing very well.  I tried to talk hubby into taking some of them off when they were tiny and just starting because the tree may not support all of them, but he would not do it.  So, we will have to see if they all stay on until they are ripe.  They certainly look good.

The citrus trees are doing well, as usual.  We have been growing Satsumas for about ten years now.  They, too, have a lot of fruit that we will be able to harvest.  Our new little lime tree, however, only kept two limes this year.  I know that this is not unusual for new citrus trees not to hold on to their fruit, so I guess the mojitoes will have to wait for another year.

Hubby also planted three fig trees last year, but the figs are still tiny and few.

So our “orchard” progresses.  We are hoping in a few years to have a bumper crop from every tree, but only time will tell if we get our wish.


  1. nhnursery said,

    May 30, 2008 at 8:02 am

    It is always difficult to prune fruit from the branch. Although we know this is best for the tree the first couple of years.

  2. Frances said,

    May 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Jan, I didn’t realize you had such an extensive orchard, how wonderful! Your fruit is gorgeous, those peaches, the pear, so very beautiful even it they weren’t edible. But the eating part is icing on the cake. We are trying a fig tree for the first time this year. It is only a foot tall, but that may be the best way to get it established before winter. We are on the northern end of it’s zone hardiness at 7. Your garden is a delight!

    Frances at Faire Garden

  3. Jan said,

    May 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    You are so right about it being hard to make yourself pull off perfectly good fruit even though you know it is better for the tree. I even have trouble trimming off the flowers of blooming annuals when I plant them.

    Yes, Frances, the fruit is very pretty, esp. the peaches. We are hoping everything stays on and isn’t eaten by the birds before we can harvest. Our fig trees are still small too, and there will not be many figs this year, but we are anticipating future crops. Thanks for stopping by and the compliment.

  4. Kathleen said,

    April 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Jan, thanks so much for your posts about your plants. I would love to have a piece of your shell ginger, as it is different from the ones that I have here. Mine are dark green leaves with flowers that are yellow with a redder throat; yours are variegated leaves and a ligher red throat. I would be willing to purchase it from you, or share, if you want some of mine.


  5. Kathleen said,

    April 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Jan, would you let me know what the other type of pear tree you have is, not the Bartlett. Also, what variety of peach trees are you growing, as they are beautiful?


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