[NAFEX] fruit in Georgia

O'Barr, R. D. topgun at otelco.net
Fri Dec 9 18:32:51 EST 2005

I've only seen photos of Candy, but it looks remarkably like the Major pecan, which originated in the native pecan forest in the Green River delta, up here in KY, between Owensboro and Henderson.
They are about the same size but definitely different as I've grown both.

Dr. Grauke used to work for us at the LSU pecan station when I was Resident Director and we stay in touch.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lucky Pittman 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 9:14 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] fruit in Georgia

  At 08:53 AM 12/9/2005, Michele Stanton wrote:

    New topic: does anyone garden in the south in zones 7b/8a?
    (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina)
    I would like to hear what fruits perform well for you

  Others who are actually still in that part of the country will be weighing in, I'm sure, but based on my experiences growing up in the Auburn AL area, and still having friends/family there, I'll offer up a short list to start the ball rolling:

  Pears - low chill-hour requirements and fireblight resistance are fairly important - Keiffer, Orient, Tennessee, Ayers, Ledbetter, Warren would be good selections to start out with.
  Rabbiteye blueberries are a must
  Pomegranates worked well for me back home, in a somewhat sheltered location
  Persimmons - Asian & American
  Pecans - look for the scab-resistant selections recommended for home or low-input plantings - Jenkins, McMillan, Syrup Mill, Gafford, Carter, and the old standby, Elliott.  


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