It seems like Apples are obviously the most popular fruit for the home orchardist but I’m curious as to what comes next in popularity. I’m sure Dave Willson, Raintree, and the other large suppliers could easily tell by sales volume numbers. As for the online forums like this one or the old GW forums how would you rank the rest of the popular fruits? From general reading I’d say Plum would probably be next in popularity followed in some order by pear, cherry, and peach. I for one have not really been a huge plum fan over the years as they’ve always seemed to be a little too earthy tasting for me. But it sounds like they are one of the easier fruits to grow and my daughter has actually been enjoying them this last year so maybe its something I’ll consider on my next round of planting. I prefer the taste of peaches and nectarines to plums but from what I’ve read they seem to be a bit more finicky to grow and have more health problems than other fruits.
If I were to pick 2 plum/pluot varieties to grow in the mid atlantic region (6b) in medium heavy soil what would you recommend?