Fruit tree workshop coming soon

Fruit tree workshop coming soon
Fruit tree workshop coming soon

If you have ever thought about growing fruit trees in your yard, you will be excited to learn of an upcoming workshop sponsored by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Office of Jefferson County. The Urban Fruit Tree Workshop: Growing Fruit on The Gulf Coast will be held Jan. 24. And we are in for a treat. Keynote speaker Tom Leroy comes to us very well suited to lead the program, along with our Local Citrus Expert Panel.

Leroy of Montgomery County is considered one of the best in the field of horticulture and home gardening. He began his 35-year career with the Texas A&M University System after receiving a master’s degree in plant breeding. Recently retired, he has served as the Montgomery and Harris County Extension Agent for Horticulture. He also established the first Master Gardener Program in the state of Texas. Working with Bill Adams, Leroy has co-authored three gardening books: Growing Fruits and Nuts in the South, Common Sense Vegetable Gardening in the South and The Southern Kitchen Garden.

According to the good folks at Texas Agri-Life, many types of fruits grow well here. The first step to a successful harvest is to choose varieties best suited to our climate. They add that one of the most important considerations in selecting an appropriate plant are its temperature requirements. Citrus trees are subtropical to tropical in nature, and many may suffer severe damage or even death in freezing temperatures.

There are several types of citrus hardy enough to survive our winters, especially when planted in sheltered locations on the south and southeast sides of your house. As they say, it’s important to know how much cold a plant can stand, and it is also important to know how much cold it needs. Think about planting apples, avocados, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lemonquat, lime, limequat, Mandarin, Mandelo, orange, orangequat, Satsuma, fig, peach, pear, pecan, persimmon, plum or pomegranate.

The fee to attend the Workshop is $20, and that includes lunch. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the program from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pre-register by Jan. 16. To pre-register, call (409) 835-8461 and ask for Peggy Coleman or Jeanene Ebeling. Another great option for pre-registration is to stop by the location of the workshop downtown at Texas Agri-Life Extension Offices, 1225 Pearl St., Suite 200, Beaumont. While you are registering, you may meet some volunteer master gardeners or staff who can answer your questions about most anything in the gardening world. If they don’t know the answer, they will find out for you. 


Joette Reger’s e-mail is joreger [at] msn [dot] com.