Jan Martin wrote: When growing a high density orchard like this, what is the best way to place fruit tree varities?
I have been thinking that I should try and put cultivars which ripen at the same time of the year in the same rows for convenience when picking
Should I avoid putting two of the same cultivar next to each other?
What's the best place to put the pears? In a row of their own, or interspersed randomly throughout the apples
Here is a rough picture of the plan, between each pair of trees there is a 2.2m pole
Thankyou for your time
It looks like you have similar thinking to the orchardist in this documentary. https://permies.com/t/52894/Permaculture-Orchard-organic-Olivier-Asselin There is a link on the second page of this thread to buy a digital download, currently priced from $7.50 to $10. Well worth the cost.
Briefly, he puts his rows together according to ripening time, and alternates fruits, so that no two of the same fruit are next to each other. This helps prevent spread of diseases. His orchard is a successful business venture.
Location: Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee