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this is the season

Posted by john222-gg ms./8 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 30, 13 at 21:32

This is the time for planting fruit trees.I hope people check chill hours before buying new trees.I am one that thought just because they were being sold at a local market that they were for this area.Wrong!!!! I had 4 years in peach trees that will not produce fruit in my area.Don't be disappointed like me.Be sure and check chill hours for your area and match trees with area.

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RE: this is the season

Well, I'm one for pushing the limits a bit. Chill hours can be a bit arbitrary. So, I have some trees in my yard that are listed at higher chill hours, but are still producing in my area. So, I would say become educated about chill hours, and exactly what chill hours you have on your property. Being in California, with our crazy micro climates, I can have an almost 200 hour difference on different parts of my property. I have planted nearly all of my stone fruit in the "cold pocket" in my yard, and I installed my Davis weather station in that area, so I can track my chill hours a bit more accurately. But, I have seen bare root fruit trees in some of the big box stores that are certainly way too many chill hours for folks closer to the coast (I am about 6-7 miles from the ocean and in the hills). Our Lowe's/Home Depot are trying to do a better job, but still, a few varieties would be difficult at best, at the coast.

Patty S.

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