Growing Fruit In Hot Weather
Some people like the heat and many others just live where the summers are humid. Gardeners in extremely hot climates may be looking for heat-tolerant fruit trees that they can grow in their regions.
There are fruits that grow naturally in extreme heat, but Heat Growing fruits in hot climates are not limited to tropical species.
There are also specially cultivated and heat-tolerant huge varieties of fruits, generally grown in temperate climates. To learn more about heat-tolerant fruits, read on...
Fruit plants that like heat
Plants tend to prefer their native climates and grow best in these conditions. So it makes sense for trees native to tropical climates to produce heat-loving fruits. These range from every day to the exotic.
An example is the exotic dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus), a vine cactus that only grows in warmer US Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10-11.
This fruit, also called a strawberry pear, has an outer shell with pink scales.
Growing fruit in hot climates is easy with cactus varieties, too. These plants need well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight.
Heat tolerant fruit trees
The prickly cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) is another plant that grows in zones 10 and 11 and offers succulent fruits with a tropical flavor.
The flowers that bear fruit are extremely showy and ornamental. The fruit is also called barbarian fig and nopal.
Guava (Psidium guajava) is another tropical fruit tree native to warm areas of Brazil. It is a small fruit tree, ideal for growing in pots.
Guava produces soft, heat-tolerant fruits that taste like a mixture of strawberry and pear. These fruits can be eaten fresh or used in jams and chutneys.
Extremely-Heat growing fruits
There are common fruit cultivars that were bred to tolerate heat. Watermelon is one of them. Generally, watermelons do not like temperatures above 70-80 degrees F (21-26.6 C.), but some cultivars can go even higher.
For example, "Jubilee" Crimson Sweet "and Charleston Gray" can reach temperatures of up to 90 degrees F (32 C).
What about stone fruits like peaches and nectarines? Generally, these trees have a very long cooling need, that is, a period of time in which the climate descends to the cold zone.
But new low-chill cultivars with meat that won't melt in the heat have been developed in the Florida stone fruit improvement program.
For example, 'UFO' is a donut-shaped peach variety that has a low cooling requirement of only 250 cooling units. For nectarines, try these cultivars, as they all have an exceptionally low refrigeration requirement.
"UF Sun" is a yellow flesh nectarine with red skin. Their need for a cooling unit is only 100. Also, "UFBest", also released by the UF (University of Florida) breeding program, has yellow meat and red skin.
It can also survive with a cooling unit of just 100.
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