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Best stone fruit varieties for NM

Posted by texasjg 6 Socorro NM (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 18, 12 at 21:10

Anyone out there living in central New Mexico? I'm at 4600', hot hot hot summers, cold winters and 9" avg rainfall I'd like to plant some fruit trees, peach, plum, cherry, apple, apricot . Good amount of space for semi dwarf or dwarf trees but not enough room for several varieties of each, so need self pollinators. There are lots of mature fruit trees here that are doing well, just no one knows the varieties any longer.

First thoughts:
Lapins cherry
Harcot apricot
Braeburn apple
Red haven peach
Stanley plum

Thanks for your advice.

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RE: Best stone fruit varieties for NM

You might try Tomcot, Montrose, and Robada apricots; Fuji, Pink Lady, and Goldrush apples; Gold Dust, Surecrop, Redglobe, and Redskin peach; Olympic asian pear; Flavor King and Flavor Grenade pluot; and Arctic Star and Arctic Jay nectarines. Not all self fertile but all very good eating quality.

RE: Best stone fruit varieties for NM

I figured Fruitnut would come through for you.

Fruitnut, do you know any European plums that might do well there? Anyone else?

Asian pears have their limitations, not good for much in the kitchen, for instance. E pears are less vulnerable to late frost here in the northeast. E plums I think are also very nice for culinary purposes as well as fresh eating. Pluots are pretty wet for this.

Fruitnut goes for highest brix fruit but I don't know if he cooks much with it.

RE: Best stone fruit varieties for NM

Only European plum I've fruited was in Amarillo, a similar climate to Socorro NM. It made good fruit but the tree died after a few crops. I tried some others but didn't get much fruit.

RE: Best stone fruit varieties for NM

Thanks, y'all, good suggestions. We mostly do fresh eating, but I do like to can when I have overloads. My favorite peach recipe (after jam) to make is Peach Liqueur ;-)

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