How To Grow Fresh Fruit

fresh fruit trees

Get a healthy start to the new year and grow your own fruit! Now is the time to plant fruit trees.

Growing your own food has many health benefits for you and our environment. Skip the trip to the grocery store and take control over your organically grown food. It helps you connect with nature and provides access to a healthier diet. Start your garden now and discover how home-grown fruits just taste better.



Growing fresh fruit is one of the most efficient ways of gardening. Once the trees establish, you can expect a delicious supply of tasty treats year after year. Here is a preview of our wonderful selection available now!



Peach trees are the leading deciduous fruit in Texas. They grow at a medium rate and under ideal conditions, Peach trees are expected to live for approximately 30 years. Peaches are rich in many vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. They are packed with antioxidants and offer small amounts of magnesium, iron, and B vitamins. Peach trees need full sunlight to thrive, and they are self-fertile, which means it pollinates itself.

peach tree

There are many different varieties of peaches that you can grow. Bell of Georgia Peach is a large, white-fleshed fruit with an intensely sweet and delicious flavor. This variety is ideal for home gardens.

Ranger Peach produces a large, yellow-fleshed peach. It has good quality and flavor, suitable for canning and freezing. This tree is vigorous and high yielding. For a unique choice, try Elberta Peach. These fruits are large and elongated with a yellow skin and a yellow flesh. They are very rich and sweet, a good all-around Peach.



You know what they say: “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples are extremely nutritious and beneficial to your health. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Eating an Apple is linked to lowering many chronic conditions. Plus, they also promote weight loss and can improve gut and brain health. They need full sun to thrive and are expected to ripen in the early fall.

apple tree

Choose from the different colors and flavors to discover your favorite Apples. Red Delicious Apples are large fruits with dark red skin. They have a tender and juicy flesh with a sweet and distinct flavor. This is a hardy and high yielding variety.

Gala Apples are round and medium sized. The skin is golden yellow with a reddish-orange blush. These apples are crisp with a flavorful yellow flesh. For a little tartness, try growing Granny Smith Apples! The fruit is very large with a bright green skin. It is firm with a sweet and tart flavor, perfect for snacking, filling pies, and making sauce.



Apricots are round and yellow, and they look like a smaller version of a peach. They are very nutritious and contain many essential vitamins and minerals that we need in our daily diets. They are also a good source of potent antioxidants that help remove toxins in your body. Apricot trees should be planted in an area that receives at least 8 hours of sunlight per day.

apricot tree

Do you enjoy dried Apricots? Plant a Tilton Apricot tree! This variety will provide you with medium to large fruit that are firm with a rich flavor. They are excellent for canning and are even better enjoyed fresh or dried.

Early Golden Apricots are another delectable choice. This medium-sized golden yellow fruit is juicy and rich. Great for canning or enjoying as a fresh snack!



Figs are a delicious and nutritious treat that thrive in Texas! These easy to cultivate trees maintain year-round interest and require little upkeep to yield their bountiful fruit. Figs are a good source of calcium and potassium, ideal for improving bone density. They are also high in fiber and a source of prebiotics which can improve gut health.

fig tree

There are many different varieties of Fig trees to choose from! Celeste Figs are the sweetest option available. They have a violet to purple-brownish skin with a white to rose center. This is a very productive tree that produces quality fruit ideal for eating or making preserves.

Blue Giant Fig is a huge fruit with an attractive purple skin and delicious melting amber flesh. The fruit is very sweet and once established, this variety is drought tolerant!


pear tree

Pears are a part of history. This delicious, bell-shaped fruits has been enjoyed since ancient times. They are highly nutritious and they provide important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium.


Barlett Pear is the most popular variety around! It produces large fruit with a short neck. The skin is smooth, waxy, and yellow while the flesh is sweet and white. Its compact growth habit makes it ideal for smaller gardens.

Moonglow Pear has fruit that resembles the Barlett Pear, but the skin is more brownish green. It has a soft, juicy flesh that is nearly free of the grit cells for a smoother texture. It is hardy, blight resistant, and you will get many pears to enjoy.


Plums are a delicious addition to your backyard orchard. The fruit appears in summer and fall and can be used for multiple culinary purposes. These fruits offer many health benefits. They contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and antioxidants. They are known for improving several health conditions like osteoporosis and digestive issues.

Methley Plums produce medium to large fruits. They have a reddish purple skin with an amber flesh. The sweet flavor is distinct and perfect for a healthy snack or creating Plum preserves. This variety is a strong, vigorous tree that is a dependable bearer.

Santa Rosa Plums are large, oval fruits. They have purple skin with firm, yellow flesh. The flavor is pleasing and tart.



calloway's organic garden compost

Plant with Calloway’s Organic Garden Compost. Our Compost is made from the highest quality ingredients to promote aeration of the soil for rapid root growth and provides organic matter to enhance water and nutrient retention.

Dig a hole that is twice as wide and 1 ½ times the depth of the container of your tree. Gently remove the tree from the container. Position so that the root ball is about ½ an inch higher than the ground. Backfill with compost mixed with native soil and pat around the root ball. Mound it to form a water basin and water in thoroughly. Stake or support your tree as needed until it is well established.

citrus tone

Nourish your plants as directed with Espoma® Organic® Citrus-tone® Citrus & Avocado Food. This product has a long-lasting, slow-release nutrients with the exclusive Bio-tone Microbes. It has 100% natural and organic ingredients with no fillers or sludges.

fruit & citrus tree spikes

Want to try “in the ground feeding”? This type of feeding is the most efficient delivery system for organic plants. Discover Jobe’s® Organics® Fruit & Citrus Tree Spikes. This is the first organic fertilizer in convenient spike form. They are specially formulated for fruit and citrus trees by helping to build a nourishing environment that promotes beneficial microbial action where it is needed the most – at the roots. These pre-measured spikes improve long-term soil quality and make for fast, easy, and mess-free organic fertilizing.



At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have everything you need to grow fresh and delicious fruit! Stop by and explore our entire collection of fruit trees available now! Shop our neighborhood stores or shop online now!

Have questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals; they are here to help!




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