Bermuda has long been known for its delicious juicy citrus; however, the same success can be achieved with
many other varieties of soft fruits, such as
peaches, nectarines, apples and sweet pears,
just to name a few.
Growing your own fruit can be very rewarding, but to be successful and reap the benefits
regular time must be spent maintaining your
trees with the proper care.
Most home gardeners want small fruit trees
that produce enough fruit for their own needs
and some to give away to friends. Through
deliberate pruning, it is possible to control the
size and shape of your fruit trees regardless
of the type. Growing fruit trees to a height of
6–12 feet, with most of the fruit within easy
reach, is far more satisfactory than climbing
ladders to a height in excess of 20 feet.
With the average homeowner limited in
space, keeping fruit trees small allows for
several varieties to be accommodated rather
than just a single tree. Planting several differ-
ent varieties can also extend the fruiting and
harvesting season for many weeks.
Soft fruits need a specific number of chilling hours before they will produce fruit. Chilling refers to the number of hours, 45 degrees
F or below, during the dormancy period. The
amount varies with each variety and the hours
need not be continuous; however, it is imperative the correct varieties are grown to ensure
optimum fruit production.
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Contrary to popular belief, growing fruit trees in your
backyard garden is not only possible, but also very
Fruit tree varieties best
suited for Bermuda
BONITA—Medium to large fruit. Red-blushed skin. Yellow flesh. Ripens later in
FLORIDA PRINCE—A popular, proven
peach. Medium-sized fruit. Red-blushed
skin with dark red stripes over yellow.
Firm, yellow flavourful flesh. Heavy producer. Ripens mid-May.
TROPIC SNOW—Skin is white with red
blush. White sweet flesh. Ripens early
EARLIGRANDE—Large fruit. Yellow skin with red blush. Firm excellent
flavour, fine texture, yellow flesh. Ripens
late April to late May.
EARLY AMBER—Medium-sized fruit
with a yellow flesh. Ripens early- to
SUNRED—Bright red skin. Firm yellow
flesh, sweet, good flavour. Semi-free-stone. Ripens mid-May to early June.
SNOW QUEEN—Sweet, juicy, early season, white-fleshed freestone. Self-fertile.
Ripens late June.
Figs have also been grown here for many
years, fruiting in abundance. Varieties to
look for include:
BROWN TURKEY—Medium to large,
bell-shaped. Purplish-brown skin, light
to large, bell-shaped. Brownish-yellow
WRITTEN BY JULIE GREAVES
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