Fruit Trees & Citrus In Your Own Backyard!

gillnurseryVeggies, Fruits, and Herbs31 Comments

Fruit trees such as peaches, plums and avocados are easy to grow in South Texas.  Peaches and plums require colder weather for fruit production and with our mild winters we have to look for low chilling hour varieties. Somewhere between 100-250 hours is best. We make sure the varieties we sell are self pollinating so you do not have to buy two different varieties to insure fruit production. Citrus is a winner all the way around.  

In December and more in January, Sally’s been harvesting lemons from her parent’s Meyer lemon trees by the bucket load and shipping them all over the country. We think they are the juiciest, best flavored lemons ever!

Several varieties of citrus can also be grown in pots if you have limited yard space. Mexican Limes and Meyer Lemons are the two most common.

Many Satsuma Oranges  are considered dwarf varieties and are very cold hardy and great container trees as well. Avocado trees can be a little harder to grow, but once they become established they are easy to maintain. We have a great selection of all fruiting trees and now is a great time to plant.


31 Comments on “Fruit Trees & Citrus In Your Own Backyard!”

  1. It is nearly February so when could I plant a lemon or lime tree? Maybe an avocado as well? I also hear about people having orange trees here but the fruit is not edible. Do you sell orange trees where you could eat the fruit?

  2. do you have or can you get “Lila” variety avacado trees in a reasonable size? and at what price?

  3. Just a semi- beginner gardener have been doing it off and on for 35 years and I don’t know all the names of all the plants and shrubs but am learning, and I do have a green thumb! So any advice you could send my way would be appreciated I just planted an entire yard full of different flowers of all types and am thinking of putting in fruit/citrus in the back yard it gets full sun all day and mind you I live in Texas so in a couple months it will be over 98 degrees.

  4. The Arnasas/San Patricio Master Gardeners will be placing a fruit tree order on May 3, 2019. Find us on Facebook. Delivery will be May 11th or as arranged if you can’t be there. We can order citrus, avocados, blueberries, apple, banana, blackberry, coffee, fig, mulberry, nectaplum, nectarine, olive, peach, pear, persimmon, plumb, and tumeric. Additionally, we can order 7 or 10 gallon Pawnee Pecan trees. Check out our list and price sheet.

    1. We do not carry avocado trees due to their difficulty growing in South Texas. We can special order them for you if you’d like to try one. We will be bringing in more tropical fruit trees like mango and papaya later this Spring.

  5. Do you have Marrs orangee trees for sale?

    If not, do you know any place in the Coastal Bend that has them?

    1. Hi David – our growers no longer grow Marrs orange trees. Not aware of anyone else around here that has them. We carry 2 varieties of navel orange, Hamlin orange, and blood orange.

    1. The sooner you plant, the better. More months between planting and high summer temperatures, means more roots to deal with summer stress.

    2. And remember that using Espoma Citrus Tone at planting time gives the added bonus of mycorrhizal boost to the root system.

    1. Yes you can, no incompatabilities. Just make sure to leave room for each to grow and get plenty of sun in the future.

  6. Looking for an avocado tree. My aunt had a huge one growing years ago in her backyard. The fruit was large with green smooth skin, with creamy fruit. It was great but I’m wondering the type!

  7. Do you happen to sell Lemon trees? My family and I will be moving to North Padre Island in a couple months and would like to plant a lemon, avocado and possibly a mango tree in the backyard. Just wondering if it is possible to purchase locally, since USDA regulation forbid the transport or shipping of citrus trees into or out of the state. Thanks.

    1. We currently have Meyers lemon in #1 containers. We are sold out on other varieties, will restock when available, probably this fall, certainly next spring

  8. I’m looking for the Meyer lemon / key lime twist tree to grow on my patio…do you have or can you get this

  9. Want to buy Ruby Red Grapefruit. Have any and can they be taken to San Antonio??? Our large, more than 40 years old, tree froze from the snow.. was getting more than 500 a year….

  10. When do you have in stock 100-250 chill hour dwarf plum, peach, or apple trees. It’s nice to know that they don’t need a pollinator plant. Also, when do you carry blueberry bushes?

    Also, my grandchildren pulled off all of my lemons year before last and the dwarf Meyers lemon hasn’t been the same. Last year during the freeze, they spent a week in our garage. Only one blossomed but it didn’t produce any fruit this year. The other tree didn’t blossom last year and hasn’t yet. I am thinking it is a goner. Should I get rid of the tree? I have both in large pots, just replanted them into larger pots a month ago and went ahead and gave them a little fertilizer.

    I really don’t know anything about trees but am willing to learn.

  11. We will have peach and plum in a few weeks. We will not carry apple or blueberry. For good reason.
    Removing the lemons would not affect the growth of the tree in a negative way, so more likely the tree roots got too cramped in the pot, or the potting mix compacted over time, or the tree needed more water or more fertilizer. You could hang onto the tree through spring now that it has a larger pot, or you could give up and start over with a new tree. A new tree is more of a sure bet than trying to revive your old tree. You can definitely get much more fruit off a tree planted in the ground than in a pot, and just be prepared to cover in the very rare case of a severe freeze. So you might plant a new one in the ground, and pamper the trees in pots and hope for the best. Remember to create a bed for a tree in the ground, plant high, and keep grass well away from the trunk.

  12. Thank you for your answer. I just saw it LOL. Good news. We have one lemon. I am going to take them out of pots and plant in ground to see what we can get going. I am hoping to revive them, so I will try one more spring.

  13. Hi, I am interested in planting a couple of satsuma trees in my backyard here is Corpus Christi. Will you have those in stock? I understand that late fall is the best time to plant, correct? Can you give me an estimate on cost, including what I will need to beneficiate the soil adequately to have happy fruit producing trees (eventually)?


    1. Hi Jim – yes, late fall is great for planting citrus, just be sure you’re prepared to protect them if we get a freeze this winter. While they’re small, it’s easy to make a tipi over them with frost cloth. Give us a call at 361.992.9674 to check pricing and availability.

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