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satsuma orange guild or anti-guild

 
leah gibson
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Location: Central TX prairie
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Hello, I am just starting out on the property I purchased and this year am planting a few trees I have been given as gifts. This includes 2 satsumas, 2 figs, 2 plums, 2 pears, and a persimmon.

I have read that it's wise to keep figs far away from citrus. I don't know why. Do you?

The only trees I have planted so far are the two satsumas. Along with them, artichoke, comfry, and borage. What other plants are good to keep in a citrus guild? I placed them in an area that is about 1/10th acre, on the south side of the property, where a large pecan tree already exists, and I want to add more trees/shrubs to this area- are there any trees I should definitely NOT plant with the citrus? Other than fig? I have been looking around for good examples of citrus guilds and have come up empty handed.

I have deep rich clay soil. I have added compost which has improved the drainage. I live in central texas and we have mild winters (some nights can dip to 25 but usually only for a couple of hours- this week it has been 70-80 degrees during the day!). Our summers though, are hot and dry, with August usually topping 100 every day. However, this area is close to the house so we will be able to irrigate with rainwater eventually, and I can water at least once per week in drought periods until then.

Thanks for your input.
 
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As long as you have the proper conditions for both plants to grow, it should be okay. The main concern that people probably have with citrus trees around fig trees is that citrus trees have have higher water and nutrient requirements than figs.
 
Jesse Martin
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A nitrogen fixer could always be helpful, though 1/10th an acre limits the choices. I would just caution you to be mindful of the plant's natural habitat. Citrus and figs both being tropical and subtropical will appreciate a lot of sun. That being said, neither of those plants have evolved defenses against juglone, which the pecan is producing. I have read that persimmons are tolerant of it though. So I'd steer clear of that pecan as much as possible.
Best of luck!
 
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