gift
Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World (HD video)
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • jordan barton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Greg Martin
  • Steve Thorn
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Leigh Tate
  • Mike Haasl
master gardeners:
  • John F Dean
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Stacie Kim
  • Jay Angler

Growing apricots and peaches in the Northeast (NY Zone 5b)

 
gardener
Posts: 1043
Location: Western Washington
272
duck forest garden personal care rabbit bee homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm helping some family set up an orchard in upstate NY Zone 5b and am trying to expand the selection of what's going in the ground. I keep seeing all sorts of supposedly hardy apricots and peaches. I was wondering if anyone has grown these and if so, what varieties? Also, we're there disease challenges? Thank you!
 
Posts: 1
2
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I’ve had success with reliance peaches (from fedco) in Maine, zone 4b. 🙂

I planted them about 11 years ago, and have really neglected their maintenance, but they’ve grown and haven’t had any issues, despite my neglect! We’ve got a bumper crop coming in this year. 😃
 
James Landreth
gardener
Posts: 1043
Location: Western Washington
272
duck forest garden personal care rabbit bee homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That's great to hear! They should thrive further south, then!
 
Posts: 7
Location: Central CT
4
  • Likes 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We had an ancient heirloom apricot that was likely over 100 years old in NE KS . It had actually grown to shade tree proportions over the decades and was KS grand champion apricot tree, likely one of the largest in the USA. It produced a bumper crop of golf ball plus sized very sweet flavorful fruit roughly every 5 years largely because it wanted to break dormancy with spates of early spring warmth there and a lot of the fruit was killed by subsequent freezes.

The tree survived -15 degree winter temperature drops, searing heat, drought, harsh relentless winds and had few if any pests. We were so impressed that we grew seedling trees from the fruit hoping that it had self pollinated as locally there were no other apricots (or early blooming trees) around that we could find.  We transported one of those seedling trees with us when we moved to southern CT two years ago. It's growing slowly but well. Insect critters are eating my cherry and other tree leaves but not the apricot. It has had mild deer predation. It comes out of winter dormancy slower here which bodes well for fruit production. We are waiting for the first blooms to see what we get. Fingers crossed. If nothing else we'll have a beautiful blooming tree eventually.

I would think that apricots could be grown successfully in upstate NY. Northern KS were that tree had grown for nearly a century was a zone 5 and a rough zone 5 at that.
 
pioneer
Posts: 82
20
2
hugelkultur books chicken cooking food preservation greening the desert
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I am in zone 4/5 here in new mexico, and have a  elberta on lovell rootstock that does just great.  
 
Posts: 35
Location: Southern NH
6
forest garden chicken homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've got a nice Catherina going here in NH.  Should work for you there.
 
It will give me the powers of the gods. Not bad for a tiny ad:
Ernie and Erica Wisner's Rocket Mass Heater Everything Combo
https://permies.com/t/40993/Ernie-Erica-Wisner-Rocket-Mass
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic