Saturday, August 08, 2009

"Sand" pears at Keene Acres

Mr Keene himself...
A six-year-old pear tree, full of Pineapple or Sand Pears (Pyrus communis). Hard, sweet, somewhat gritty. $5 per bucket of twelve or fifteen pears.


An Anna Apple (tropical). Miles also has Dorset Apples. Both are tropical apples, suitable for Central Florida. My Anna has grown well, but my Dorset had fungal issues and is recovering slowly. Miles reports that he had tons of apples this May on these small trees. (Annas in particular are know as heavy bearers.)

Miles has a lovely place--eleven acres. In addition to landscaping trees and plants, he raises peaches, nectarines, persimmons, pears and tons of citrus. Much of the fruit is available for you-pick.

3 comments:

Kirsten said...

Does he sell apple, peach and pear trees? My family is from up North, and I think that my mom would love to have an apple tree -- we thought they couldn't grow in Florida. I think fruit trees would make lovely birthday presents for her. She has 2 ruby red grapefruit trees we gave her as children and every year she has an abundance of fresh juice...Our family also has orange, kumquat and papaya trees. It would be nice though to give her some harder-to-find trees that aren't citrus. She loves berries too, but we're having trouble finding any that are hardy... Thanks for your blog.. It's nice to get tips on varieties of edibles that I never thought could grow in Central Florida.

Central FLA Gardener said...

your one-stop for all these trees is just fruits and exotics, which is where i buy my stuff... if the prices seem high remember that you get what you pay for. just be careful to buy chill-hour-appropriate trees

Kirsten said...

Thanks so much! It looks like they really know their trees and have some great variety. If they weren't in the panhandle, I would want to visit often to see what they had!