Have a hankering to plant bare root fruit trees in your back yard? Are you ready to take the plunge?
Now’s the time to order your bare root fruit trees!
Before you order though, be sure to read my step-by-step how-to “Fruit Tree Series” based on my firsthand experience and research specific to Southern Nevada – low desert planting.
Be on the look out for Step 4: Preparing the Soil coming later this month! Just in time to start planning for this important step in your garden.
Do you need to read Steps 1 thru 3 later when it’s more convenient? That’s okay. From my blog home page, simply access Step 1 thru 3 under “Posts by Subject” sub-category “Fruit trees/Orchard”. You’ll find links there for your convenience.
Quick Fruit Tree Update
To find a complete listing of our current fruit trees along with rootstock information, check out my post.
We had a very intense storm pass through early yesterday morning with lots of rain, lightning and loud thunder. The photo above demonstrates how flooded our backyard got. My compost got a little bit redistributed but that’s okay. The soil outside of the trees need it too.
My front yard orchard got soaked in a few areas, but is doing equally as great as the back yard orchard.
New Bare Root Fruit Trees
If you’ve been following my blog, I mentioned several posts back that we ordered 16 bare root fruit trees last August (2010) through an organic gardening club we belong to (they ordered directly from Dave Wilson Nursery). Unfortunately, they will not be ordering fruit trees this year. We planted our 16 new bare root fruit trees this past February. Well, we just ordered some additional bare root fruit trees.
For the last several weeks hubby and I have kept a watchful eye on our favorite on-line bare root fruit tree seller’s website, waiting for them to announce “place your order”. We did receive the green light a few days ago and quickly placed an order for six more fruit trees. The new trees are expected to arrive at our home sometime in January.
Now, if you gasped when you read “six more fruit trees” and started to quickly calculate the number of trees we will eventually have… wait, let me explain something first.
We are replacing two of our existing trees:
- Our Eversweet Pomegranate, which never did anything beyond sit in the ground like a bare stick all these months; and
- Our All-in-One Almond in our front yard. The tree failed to perform to our expectations. We specifically wanted this tree to grow taller than our ideal fruit tree height of 7 feet to 8 feet (the UNCE Orchard recommends 6 ½ feet to 7 feet for ladderless – but hubby and I are tall). I ultimately wanted the almond tree to grow to at least 10 feet high to help shade our front porch area, but the tree only has growth up to about 35″ then it’s barren. Several small leaves have tried to emerge from this barren area only to quickly die. Hmmm. If you compare the tree to the others, it is quite small.Perhaps when it drops its leaves, we’ll trim it down, pull it out and relocate it. We’ll see. See the photo below:
Four New Trees:
- Royal Lee Cherry (low chill – 200 to 300 hours) – pollenizer for Minnie Royal
- Minnie Royal Cherry (low chill – 200 to 300 hours) – pollenizer for Royal Lee
- Royal Lee Cherry – dwarf variety (will only grow to 8 feet high)
- Minnie Royal Cherry – dwarf variety (“ditto”)
In the past, the UNCE Orchard has not had great success with other cherry varieties here in Southern Nevada, but the varieties they tested had a much higher chill requirement (600-800 hours). Dave Wilson Nursery’s information is promising on these new varieties. We also spoke with some of the folks at the UNCE Orchard and they were anxious to hear our reports on how these do in our orchard.
We will be planting the two semi-dwarf cherry trees in the same hole and the two dwarf varieties together in another hole (two holes total). If all goes well, there will be lots of “sweet cherries” in our back yard orchard. Yum!
In case you were curious, here’s a quick breakdown of our current / future fruit trees:
Front Yard Orchard
- All-In-One Almond
- Black Mission Fig
- Hosui Asian Pear
- Chojuro Asian Pear
- Golden Dorsett Apple
- Pink Lady Apple (two of them)
Back Yard Orchard
- Santa Rosa Weeping Plum
- Flavor Delight Aprium
- Artic Star Nectarine
- Saturn Peach
- Multi-Peach (May Pride, Mid-Pride, Desert Gold, Eva’s Pride )
- Blenheim Apricot
- Flavor King Pluot
- Flavor Queen Pluot
- Wonderful Pomegranate
- Eversweet Pomegranate
- Royal Lee Cherry (new 2012)
- Minnie Royal Cherry (new 2012)
- Royal Lee Cherry – dwarf (new 2012)
- Minnie Royal Cherry – dwarf (new 2012)
TOTAL: 20 Fruit Trees
What else are we planning on for the future?
Besides setting up and planting veggies in a few raised beds, we hope to plant a Meyer Lemon (semi-dwarf) next Spring. And if everything goes as planned, our Pool Demo should be complete well in advance of next year’s bare root fruit tree order time, which means we can order (and plant in 2013)…
- Fantasy Seedless Grape (table)
- Flame Seedless Grape (table)
- Summer Muscat Grape (table/wine)
- Zifandel Grape (wine)
- Misty Blueberry (a southern highbush variety)
- Sharpblue Blueberry (a southern highbush variety)
- Sunshine Blue Blueberry (a southern highbush variety)
It’s all in the plan, baby. All in the plan 🙂
Have a great day!
The Artistic Desert Gardener