Discover the Fun of Gardening

January 31, 2013   

Dormant or Low-Chill fruits are here: Apples, Peaches, Plums and Pears.
5 Gallon Pot - $49.99

Did you know that some fruit trees need cold weather? Apples, peaches, pears and plums are what we call "low-chill fruits". You will also hear them referred to as dormant fruits or cold-hardy fruits. Whatever you call them, the name refers to fruit trees that require cold weather in order to fruit properly. The article below talks a little bit about these types of fruits, and which ones grow in central Florida.

And of course this week has had its share of beautiful arrivals at the nursery.  Click here to see them. Some of Kerby's favorites include: lamb's ear, cigar flower, delphinium, strawflower and more. Come check them out at Kerby's. 

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Cold Hardy Fruits: Apples, Peaches, Pears and More

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Persimmon Trees
$49.99 10" Pot
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Diospyros kaki
An underused and under-appreciated fruit, the persimmon is a delicious and nutritious fruit. It has jelly-like orange flesh that is melt-in-your-mouth sweet. Kerby's has two varieties in stock: Fuyu and Hachiya. Persimmon trees grow ten to fifteen feet tall and prefer sunny areas, with rich well-drained soil.

Low Chill, Dormant and Cold-Hardy Fruit Trees

Some fruit trees require cold for fruit production. This includes: apples, peaches, pears and plums. Many varieties of these fruit trees, such as red delicious or granny smith apples require too much cold to grow in this area. But fortunately there are varieties of these fruits that flourish in our climate and produce fruit even in our milder winters. Kerby's has made it easy for you by only carrying varieties that produce fruit in central Florida.

Peaches - There is nothing better than eating a fresh peach right off the tree and letting the juice drip down your chin. Here in central Florida, we can grow a number of delicious varieties including: Flordabelle, Flordawon and Tropic Snow. Peach trees grow best in six or more hours of sun. The peach tree is self-fertile, so only one tree is needed for fruit production.


Plums - Plums are delicious, and the Gulf series of plums is no exception. They are well adapted to our area, with Gulf Ruby being one of our favorites. Plum trees pollinate best when planted in pairs. And like most fruit trees, they like a sunny area.


Apples & Pears - An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and with your own tree, you won't have to see the doc all year! Anna and Dorsett Golden are a great apple combination and are our version of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Apples and pears need pollinators, so plant at least two different varieties near enough to each other for bees and wind to move pollen.

Persimmons - With a delicious orange flesh that's a little like jelly, persimmons are yummy fresh or can be used in a variety of baked goods. Fuyu is a delicious variety for its crisper flesh and consistent production. Hachiya is an astringent variety, with a shape like an acorn, and flesh that is very sweet when eaten fully ripe.

Figs, olives and pomegranates - This Mediterranean combination will add a healthy punch of antioxidants and omega-3s to your diet, and they are all cold hardy. All three are easy to grow, and love well-drained, sunny areas.

Citrus -
Tangelos, tangerines, oranges, grapefruits and kumquats are all hardy citrus trees that produce lots of fruit year after year. Citrus are one of the easiest fruits to grow in our area. Citrus are cold-hardy, but don't require cold weather to fruit like the trees listed above.



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. More details coming soon.



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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