How to Grow It - Fruits

Here are a few tips for successfully growing fruits.

Banana

Bananas grow very well in tropical and subtropical climates. For best results, plant several together in a grove. Bananas like rich, fertile, and damp soils. Potassium is a must and chicken manure is a great source of nutrients for them. They need to be protected in a freeze and are susceptible to strong winds. From the time you plant a tree until it fruits is around 9 months.

Guava

Guava need full sun, but aren't overly particular about the type of soil they are planted in. They need moderate water, and a light fertilizing 3-4 times a year. Guava needs nitrogen, phosphoric acid potash, and magnesium to thrive. Not frost tolerant, so cover in a hard freeze.

Loquat

Loquats need full sun and can get up to around 25' high, so keep that in mind when you chose a location. Water 2-3 times a week if no rain and fertilize a few times a year with garden compost or mixed composted manure. The tree itself can take a freeze as low as 10°F, but temperatures under freezing will kill the fruits and flowers.

Papaya

Papayas grow great in zones 9 and 10. They need full sun and can get up to 30' at maturity. They grow best on the south or southeast side of a building which gives them light and protection. They need moderate water and do not do well in overly wet conditions. They are heavy feeders and can be fed once a month or planted directly in the compost bin.

Passion Fruit

The best time to plant passion fruit is in the spring. Fill a hole with manure and plant your passion fruit directly in it. They need full sun and plenty of space to sprawl both above and below the ground. They need regular watering, especially when young but only need to be fertilized once or twice a year. Composted chicken manure is a good source. Avoid too much nitrogen or overfeeding or you will get too much leaf and no fruit. A mature plant can take a light freeze, protect smaller ones from frost.

Raspberry

Raspberries can be grown in partial shade, but they prefer full sun if available. They like a well drained soil that is not too damp or wet. They need circulation, but not too much wind. Space them 3' apart and give them a fence or trellis for support. They do best when mulched and need to be watered once a week. Fertilize once or twice a year and keep pruned every year to encourage new growth and more fruits.

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