by Nita Schiro, Montgomery County Master Gardener
The January Fruit and Nut Tree sale date is fast approaching. If you haven’t done so, mark your calendar now for Saturday, January 26th at 8:00 am. Plan to arrive early for the best selections. Our Plant listing is located HERE.
Have you thought about growing your own blackberries or grapes? If so, you don’t want to miss this sale, as it will feature hundreds of your favorite berries and grapes that do well in Montgomery County.
We have so many fruits and berries at this sale, you might find it difficult to choose just one. However, the Natchez and Ouachita, Kiowa and Arapaho are always favorites. Perhaps you need two this year!
Blackberries are easy to grow and healthy for you – packed with antioxidants, vitamins, folic acid and manganese, an element which provides for healthy bone development. And who doesn’t enjoy blackberry cobbler or pie? There are many recipes available online, or perhaps passed down from friends and relatives.
Natchez, a cultivar released by the University of Arkansas, is a trailing plant which produces large and abundant elongated fruit. The blackberries should be planted in well-draining, compost-rich soil in a raised bed or in a container in full sun. It is also a Texas Superstar, which is a distinction given by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the Texas A&M University System. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at http://texassuperstar.com/.
We will also offer the Victoria Red table grape again. Victoria Red is a disease resistant, seeded bunch grape that produces good yields of high-quality attractive fruit. This cultivar has shown very strong disease-resistance to the commonly known problem for grape cultivars – Pierce’s Disease – for over 25 years. Grapes do well in a wide range of soils, but rich sandy loam or clay loam soils are preferred. With our recent rains, you will want to plant them in a raised bed to avoid flooding and mucky soil, which they won’t tolerate. Be sure to check out ‘Victoria Red” at the sale. We will also have several popular Muscadine varieties such as ‘Darlene’, ‘Fry Seedless’ and ‘Ison’ Black.
Visit the MCMGA website at www.mcmga.com for the complete list of fruit, citrus, and pecans that will be available at the annual Fruit and Nut Tree Sale on January 26, 2019. The location is 9020 Airport Road in Conroe. Any questions, call 936- 539-7824 and speak to a Master Gardener.
We hope to see you at the sale!