I should probably say “hello”!
Hi! I’m Andrew and I’m based in the central/eastern part of Iowa (5a/5b-ish). I’m still relatively new to growing fruits so I’ve been listening and reading significantly more than posting.
We have a house in new development in a suburban area but with a fair amount of ground given the circumstance (.3 acre). We were planting shade trees, and my wife spent months convincing me to get a Cherry tree. So, we finally did. She sold me on fresh jams, jellies, pies, etc. So, 4 years ago we bought one from a local nursery, planted it, and killed it within 2 weeks. Thought it was a bad spot in the yard. Next year, we bought another, killed it within 3 weeks (or so we thought). It tried to come back in the fall, but it soon died for good this time. This was unusual because we’ve planted plenty of shade trees and never had problems.
Ended up doing a significant amount of reading online and learned how cherry trees don’t particularly like water. Changed how and where we planted it, and year 3, we got one to survive - which was especially impressive to us considering right after we planted it the temperatures went into the mid 90’s (unusual for the area at that time), it got ravaged by Japanese beetles, and it got assaulted by ~120mph straight-line winds.
It came back and produced cherries in 2021. From there, I went ‘all-in’ to growing fruit. Everything is still very young, but we have 3 apples, 4 euro pears, 2 sour cherry, 2 sweet cherry (not expecting much), 2 raspberry, 5 blueberry, and 1 blackberry. Looking forward to planting honeyberries, currants, an apricot, asian pear, 2 more apples, a peach, a multi-graft plum, and trying out some grafting on the current apple and pear trees in 2022.
This forum is an outstanding resource and a special and a huge thanks to all who created and are maintaining it!