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What grows in Crestline, CA San Bernardino County 5,000 FT  RSS feed

 
roya miller
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Hi!
    I'm a new member and a new land owner in the beautiful southern California mountains. My land is in Crestline in San Bernardino County 5,000 FT  and I'm just wondering where to start and what grows well in the area wiith minimal water since my only source is a seasonal snow melt stream that runs through the property and rainwater harvesting systems, that are not yet in place.  this is totally bare land and im kind of at a loss of where to start and how to start breaking this into manageable weekend projects.  I'm originally from Pasadena so a good bit warmer and lower than my new Mountain home. Any suggestions, info, or locals out there would be much appreciated!!

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    Roya
 
Jonathan D Davis
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I'm at 3500 feet in Aguanga, Riverside County. I've tried quite a few different things over the past three years. Apples of all sorts seem to do extremely well as do apricots and plums. My peaches seem to be stuck in a rut that I can't figure out - the aridity maybe or perhaps how exposed they are. Our most vigorous trees are some sort of white mulberry (not sure what kind yet) and our California sycamores. Both of these like quite a bit of water. Pomegranates, grapes and figs all do really well too. The pomegranates and grapes can really take some serious drought. I have two grape vines that only get rainwater and the drips of mist that accumulates on a roof and they are still green in August.

I bet these would all perform similarly for you out in Crestline. I've been trying to push the limits of our climate with citrus, guava, and avocados but I need a little more development to make these work - some thermal mass for frost protection. Check out Tree of Life nursery for more options that require little water. The "Roger's Red" California native grape is a really great one and super easy to propagate from cuttings. Have fun planting!
 
roya miller
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Thank you!! I will definitely start with some apple, pomegranates and grapes thanks for the rec on the variety. The Tree of Life nursery looks amazing ill check it out, what a great resource. Can't wait to get some things growing!
 
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