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Offline The Country Toad

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New to fruit trees
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:54:10 PM »
Hey all!!    Brad here from north al zone 7....   I'm about to start a couple of fruit trees and I'm new to fruit.  Mainly a veggie guy.  I've got a site ready for prob 3 trees and wondered if there were any hard rules as to 'what NOT to plant' together.  the choices are apple peach pear and maybe cherry.   Should I stick to one type of fruit or can i mix it up?

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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 07:30:03 PM »
The apple, peach, and pear should do well. I have never grown Cherries but I think there are varieties that are grown in North GA. If you purchase from a reputable local nursery the varieties they sell should be the ones adapted to your area. I would talk to your local extension agent and look on the Ag school website for their recommended varieties for your area.
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 07:04:00 AM »
As far as what types of fruit trees to buy:
 Plant what you like to eat in a variety that grows in your zone.

I recommend the site the YouTube site Dave Wilson Nursery.

You can cluster fruit trees so you may have more room than you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0WM0HFduXI

If you are like me you will be over there for hours and come away highly motivated to plant fruit trees and not afraid to prune them.

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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 07:49:47 AM »
Brad,

Find out how many chill hours you receive in your area and select trees accordingly. If you get 500 chill hours/year and you buy apple trees that need 800-1,000 you will probably never make any fruit. Once again, you local extension agent should be able to help you with that.
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 12:07:57 PM »
wow great info everyone!!!!!   ty!
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 01:51:41 PM »
I'm not far from the Alabama line and cherries do good for us but the birds get more than we do.  I planted a bunch of the standard peach, pear, apple and plum trees but we have gotten hit by a late freeze two years in a row and got just a few fruit.  Not sure where you are but we get plenty of chill hours here and if I was just now planting I would go with a mid to late season variety to miss those late freezes.
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 07:50:04 AM »
thanx mike!!!!!    looking up late season varieties now
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 08:20:29 AM »
thanx mike!!!!!    looking up late season varieties now

Remember Toad to buy double quantities.  I hear a few miles east of you has very fertile soil for fruit trees. ;D
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 02:56:28 PM »
ccat your neighbor west of you would shoot all the red ones!    only blue n orange apples for him!
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Re: New to fruit trees
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 08:33:57 PM »
good point, and only a point you and I understand. :-X
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