Spring is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

February 13, 2013   

Mangos are delicious and good
for you too. Try growing your own!
3 Gallon Pot - $49.99

If you want your landscape to give a little something back to you, then you should plant a fruit tree. Kerby's has tons of cool fruit trees to choose from, including some you've heard of like mangos, avocados and lychees and some that are not so common such as breadfruit, noni and pitomba. Click here to check out some pictures of the different fruits and then come stroll the boardwalk to see the trees for yourself. And don't forget that this Saturday kicks off our spring workshop season. At 10am, we'll talk about Cold Hardy and Low Chill Fruit Trees.

It looks like Punxsutawney Phil was right and spring has come early this year. Check out more new arrivals that will brighten your spring garden. It is the perfect time of year for planting, so don't let this beautiful weather go to waste.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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In This Issue
Featured Plant

Edible Gardening

Upcoming Events
This Saturday at 10am Workshop: Cold Hardy & Low Chill Fruit Trees

New Shipment of Avocados
Brogdon, Lula, Joey,
Pancho, Wurtz Dwarf
& More

Tomato Plants are in

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Veggie Gardening Info

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What's Just in
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Avocado Trees
$49.99 10" Pot
Featured Plant
The Avocado
Persea americana
They are the key ingredient in guacamole, and they're delicious cut fresh on sandwiches or as part of a salad. What fruit is it? It's the avocado. There are lots of great varieties that grow well in the Seffner/Brandon area, including some cold hardy selections like: joey and pancho. Both of these varieties can tolerate temperatures as low as 18 degrees. And new in this year is the Wurtz Dwarf Avocado, which produces plenty of avocados on a tree that stays less than twelve feet tall - great for smaller backyards. Come check out the new avocados and all the cool fruit trees on the Fruit Walk at Kerby's

Edible Gardening

A lot of folks come into Kerby's and say that they don't want to plant anything that isn't going to be edible. So for the gardeners out there who want their garden to work for them, use the following 'Plant This, Not That' guide to find great edible substitutes for each spot in your landscape.

Ornamental Trees

If your landscape is in need of an ornamental tree in the 8 to 15 foot range, there is a long list of fruit trees you can plant. In fact, many larger fruit trees, such as avocados, mangos, jakfruits and sapotes can be planted and with appropriate pruning, kept to a reasonable size. Use the following instead of the typical ligustrum or bottlebrush tree:

  • Barbados Cherry

  • Cherry of the Rio Grande

  • Pitomba

  • Jaboticaba

  • Star Fruit

  • Lychee (pictured)

  • Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Nectarines

  • Everbearing Mulberry

  • Guava

  • Citrus

  • Persimmon

  • Pomegranate


Dwarf or Patio Trees
If you need a small tree for a patio pot, there are some great fruit trees that you can use. Instead of hibiscus or jatropha, try these:

  • Barbados Cherry

  • Premier Dwarf Loquat

  • Wurtz Dwarf Avocado

  • Cherry of the Rio Grande

  • Pitomba

  • Miracle Fruit (shade, pictured)


Privacy Hedge
No viburnum or ligustrum here. Skip the typical hedge plants and try these edible options:

  • Grumichama

  • Pitomba

  • Barbados Cherry

  • Cherry of the Rio Grande

  • Pomegranate

  • Blueberry

  • Soursop

Everyone uses jasmine and honeysuckle, but there are some vines that produce fruit. Try these on your next fence, trellis or arbor.

  • Muscadine Grape

  • Passion Fruit (flower pictured)

  • Blackberry

  • Raspberry

Upcoming Events


Workshop: Growing Cold-Hardy Fruit Trees
Saturday, February 16th at 10:00 am

There is nothing better than picking fresh fruit from your backyard tree. And it's even better when it is a cold-hardy tree and you can sit back and relax during the winter. From apples, peaches and nectarines to persimmons and figs, we'll talk about delicious fruits that are easy to grow and are hardy too. 


Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring.






Spring Fling
Saturday, March 2nd and March 9th

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found to make this year beautiful.



Workshop: Creating Curb Appeal
Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 am

Come out and learn how to create a gorgeous landscape design. It's easier than you think! We'll talk about tough plants, easy plants and beautiful plants. Plus we'll show you how to add accents and pottery to give your garden the extra spark.







Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 23rd at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.






4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.




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Seffner, FL 33584
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