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Payayas and bananas in dry South Texas?  RSS feed

 
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Hello David, nice to meet you.

I was born yesterday and know absolutely nothing.

I live in an arid part of South Texas, in sandy dry soil, have ten acres, lots of mesquite and a well, and would love to have papayas, bananas, avocados....and I have heard of a pawpaw but have never actually seen one in real life....

 
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Michael Sohocki wrote:Hello David, nice to meet you.

I was born yesterday and know absolutely nothing.

I live in an arid part of South Texas, in sandy dry soil, have ten acres, lots of mesquite and a well, and would love to have papayas, bananas, avocados....and I have heard of a pawpaw but have never actually seen one in real life....



You likely have the warmth but not the rainfall for most of those. Papaya and bananas are greedy for rain. You could likely grow them if you set up a greywater oasis. I did that with my kitchen sink and grew bananas right through Florida's dry season:

http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/my-greywater-oasis-two-years-later/

Avocados will likely grow if you get them established and watered in for the first few years. Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are a different animal, as their most famous type (Asimina triloba) is a more northerly crop. There are native varieties in parts of the south which are almost unknown, though, and some of them take very arid conditions and the heat. They're mostly borderline on edibility, however.
 
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