How to Plant Fruit Trees in Florida

Overview

Florida is a state known for its warm climates and humid weather. These conditions attract vacationers, but are not as easily tolerated by some varieties of fruit trees. Fruit such as apples and blueberries will not grow well in Florida's warm climate. Luckily, fruit trees such as citrus and peaches do very well in the loamy Florida soil. Florida is in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zones 8b to 10b. Which means its climate sustains only certain varieties of fruit trees, as its temperature rarely goes below 32 degrees. These mild temperatures are great for growing citrus, but trees such as apples and nuts, require a cold snap to produce edible crops so are not always the best variety option. Furthermore, given Florida's mild climate, trees can be planted year round without any need for concerns about frosts or sun damage.

Step 1

Select an appropriate fruit tree for your area of Florida. Fruit trees in northern Florida must be more cold tolerant than those planted in the southern part of the state. For instance bananas may be grown in Florida, but are most suited to south Florida.

Step 2

Determine the best location for planting the tree. Fruit trees appreciate being planted in areas that receive at least eight hours of sunlight.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the tree's container.

Step 4

Use a tiller to mix together the soil from the hole and an equal amount of peat moss, this will provide the plant with an acidic enough soil to promote growth.

Step 5

Remove the tree from its container, being careful to avoid breaking the rootball.

Step 6

Fill in the hole with the soil and peat moss mixture leaving a 2-inch deep area for the tree well.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tiller
  • Peat moss

References

  • Just Fruits and Exotics (PDF)
  • Growing Fruit in Florida
  • University of Florida Extension

Who Can Help

  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
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About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.