So glad I found this wonderful forum! I am an experienced vegetable gardener excited to start our first orchard. We have grown container blueberries, apples and persimmons in the past but not at the level we are undertaking next spring. I was hoping to connect with some others in similar humid continental climates, share notes failures and wins along the way.
We live on 10 acres in SW Ohio, recently changed to planting zone 6b. That being said, in just the 6 years we have lived in the area we have had two 5b winters.
We have a few maturity golden delicious type apple trees that were already on the property. After a heavy pruning they produced very well for us this year. For the spring we are planting the following:
Apples: Dayton, Crimson Topaz, Pristine, Arkansas Black, William’s Pride and Enterprise
Pears: Seckel, Harrow Crisp
Asian Pears: Yoinashi, Olympic, Chojuro, New Century
Peaches: China Pearl, Redhaven, Intrepid, Contender
Sour Cherry: Meteor
Japanese Plums: AU Rosa, Shiro
Hybrid Plum: Methley
European Plum: Stanley
Apricot: Harcot, Harglow
Persimmon: Nikitas Gift and Ichi Ji Kei Jiro
Blueberries: Sweetheart, Spartan, Bluecrop, Blueray, Legacy, Elliott
Raspberries: Prelude, Caroline, Double Gold
Strawberry: Earliglow, Jewel, Sparkle
The bulk of the trees are coming from Cummins nursery and a few from One Green World.
We also had two sweet cherries originally on the list but ultimately decided not to buy them after doing more research (partially on this forum) in our growing area.
We are aware that many of trees we chose pose challenges in our area. In particular many of the early blooming stone fruits will have variable fruit production due to late frosts. Also we are resigned to not be fully organic as it does not seem reasonable to do in our growing area with the disease pressure on stone fruits in particular. Has anyone found otherwise?
For the persimmon, especially the non astringent Ichi Ji Kei Jiro, they are borderline for our zone but will be planted against a south facing wall with a warmer microclimate. We had good success with the Nikita’s Gift persimmon at our previous property.
Anyone else from the Ohio river valley region? Growing any of the cultivars listed above? I’d love to connect!