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Recommend strawberry and apricot varieties for Northern Cal?

Posted by riotbrrd z9 / Sunset z15 / No (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 23:30

Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on strawberry and apricot varieties to plant. I'm in Campbell, CA (near San Jose).

For strawberries, I'm planning to plant quite a few. In shady areas, I'll plant some Fragaria Vesca. In my sunnier, raised bed spots, I'll plant regular strawberries, both short-day and day neutral. From research, if looks like I should try Seascape and Sequoia. Any other recommendations? I'll be growing organically, so fungus resistant is a plus. And for qualities, I'm all about the FLAVOR! I don't care so much about size or appearance.

For apricots, I'm going to do a multi-tree planting in a small area. I know one tree will be a Blenheim. For the second tree, I'd like something that will extend my apricot season a bit, either before or after the blenheims. And again, I care most about the flavor, not the size. I don't want an aprium, plucot, or Turducken. I want a good, honest fruit that tastes like an apricot. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Recommend strawberry and apricot varieties for Northern Cal?

Check this list out from Santa Clara MG...

I'm near 85/Camden. Have a goldkist apricot but it's young, haven't tried it yet.

I have seascape, sequoia, and a few others. All of them are good when left to ripen fully.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fruit Picks

RE: Recommend strawberry and apricot varieties for Northern Cal?

Moorpark or Robada for apricots (Goldensweet is the best apricot, but they are hard to find)

I am not too sure about that Master Gardener list--it has a persimmon listed as an Asian Pear!

Carla in Sac

RE: Recommend strawberry and apricot varieties for Northern Cal?

Ha Ha! The women who put that list together is well known in the bay area for growing/trying many fruits. She even has a strain of passiflora edulis named after her. Probably a typo..

Santa Clara valley was full of cherries/plums/apricots before it became Silicon Valley. All stone fruit grows great here unless its really high chill.

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