Container Fruit Trees in Houston

Asked May 1, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

Hello,
I have a little experience in Ag. Graduated with an Ag/Biology major and minored in Agronomy and Soil science, and even interned in a plant breeding dept, but do not know much about actual taxonomy, or what works here. I have a ton of concrete in my suburban yard and wanted to do a container orchard in the area. I am looking for the best varieties for containers that are easy to grow and just plain taste good. So far from the little bit of research I have done, I have gotten a improved meyer lemon, mexican thornless lime, cavendish banana, Texas Prince Peach, and Miho Satsuma. Just mainly things I saw at the local nursery. What other varieties and trees would be good for this environment? I can control the sun in the area if I need to by moving them around. I like just about everything, but melons. Also what size containers are required. What frequency and type of fertilizer is recommended? Thanks for your help.
-Blake

Harris County Texas

1 Response

Blake:

There is great deal of information for our area on line. Here are several links that should help you with your container garden.

http://harris.agrilife.org/hort/publications-links/
This link has multiple categories. The fruit & nut link will take you to a document that lists varieties ideal for Harris County. There are also links to soils, veggies & herbs and lawn & landscape.

https://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubSales.aspx
This is from the Master Gardener plant sales. There are lists of the fruit trees they sell at their sales.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/
Good information on all aspects of horticulture.

Thanks for the question.