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Greetings from California!

Postby moderne_rustik » Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:29 pm

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Hello everyone,

I just purchased a nice chunk of land and am trying to plan ahead for next year. Right now there's a few apricot plants and plums and a couple of "rogue" almond trees. Apparently, they're like the cat who came back, you cut them down and they come back. (I have a huge almond orchard across the street.)

I'm wondering what all would be able to grow on the new place. I'm in zone 9b, central California near Stockton. I would love if I could grow some avocados, blood oranges, lemons, limes, peaches. From my research, it sounds like all are possible.

What about some of the more tropical fruit? Like lychees and mangos? Or berries?

I plan to start small but have big aspirations. Hope to learn a lot here.

Re: Greetings from California!

Postby Axel » Thu May 02, 2013 9:55 pm

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Welcome. The area you're in is known for stone fruits, but you should be able to find some hardy citrus and avocados that will grow there. Lychees and mangoes are too cold sensitive to make it through Winter in your area.
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Re: Greetings from California!

Postby Oolie » Fri May 03, 2013 1:28 pm

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I don't know if you can, but it's worth considering black mulberries, though you'll have to do something about the birds.

Re: Greetings from California!

Postby mlar » Fri May 03, 2013 4:07 pm

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moderne_rustik wrote: I'm wondering what all would be able to grow on the new place. I'm in zone 9b, central California near Stockton. I would love if I could grow some avocados, blood oranges, lemons, limes, peaches. From my research, it sounds like all are possible.


Yes, but you need to pay special attention to limes and avocados. Not all varieties will make it here. Some people say lemons can be problematic, but I have never had any issues with my lemon trees.

moderne_rustik wrote: What about some of the more tropical fruit? Like lychees and mangos? Or berries?


Do not bother with Lychees. If you cover them and give them some heat they will survive the winter, that is not the problem. The problem is getting them to survive the summer.

As far as mangoes, it can be done, again, you need protect the tree through winter, but they handle the summer heat better than lychees.

Unless you have a greenhouse that you are prepared to heat at possibly great expense, I'd probably stay away from most sub-tropical fruit. I personally keep tropical guavas and pineapples in a greenhouse over winter, and I have a starfruit tree that I cover and heat every winter.

If you want to try something more "tropical", you can try bananas (Ice Cream, Rajapuri and Cardaba are my best performers), strawberry guava, surinam cherry, passion fruit (P. Edulis 'Black Knight' performs well for me).

Having said all of that, I'm pretty sure you'd be happier getting some good tasting fruit that does well here in the central valley, like pluots, plums, apriums, apples, pomegranates, peacotums, pluerries, peaches, nectarines, citrus, mulberries, figs and persimmons.


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