In my search for a east coast almond I ran across these at England’s (Javid and Nikitski). Has anyone on the east coast tried these? They have them so I am assuming that they do well here. Any confirmation on these or others.
Some people in the neighborhood have an unknown almond on peach that they claim is trouble free (other than squirrels) and bears every year. That’s not the experience I’ve heard anywhere else about how they do in the East. They’re supposedly up there with cherries for dying on a whim.
I’m trying out almonds in zone 6b (Western NY) next year. I purchased Oracle and Titan from Raintree. They have several varieties that seemed to be cold hardy. We’ll see how it goes. The varieties you found from England’s look like something to check out as well. Peach rootstocks are compatible with almonds. The almonds from Raintree are on Lovell peach rootstock or Marianna peach/plum rootstock.
I have several established peaches that were going to be chopped. Figured I would buy a couple almond varieties then use them to start grafting to the peaches. Nikitski is the other one in the Ukraine line up with Oracle and Titan. A nursery down the street sells them in the summer. They claim people are having success with them, but are unable to answer important questions like brown rot. These varieties flower much later than the rest avoiding most frost giving me hope, but if they suffer from brown rot? I have enough of that already.
I have 4 young grafted Javids just two year they are very vigorous so far like peach. I havent harvested any yet.
Mr Cliff in KY and another grower in ILL i am in contact with both say the same, great flavor.
I hope to graft a few Russian/ukraine types and Nikitski eventually when i get scion.
I bought two of the Ukraine varieties after I created this post. I’m up for a scion swap for the Javids. Not much to cut on this year though. I have Prima and Bounty. Think they will crop fine, but brown rot may be a problem here.
I, too, have a peach that I am going to take down. I’ve ordered a Javid scion from England’s but I’m not quite sure about the best grafting method or temperature at which to try it.
Are you planning to graft to trunk or scaffolds? My trunk is about 4-5" so afraid that a bark graft on trunk might not make it.
Last spring, I planted Nikita’s Pride (AFAICT same as Nikitski) and Oracle from Raintree. They leafed out, but growth was severely stunted. This spring, all my other stonefruit trees are leafing out, except for these almonds that appear dry, shrunken, and dead.
For those that planted almond trees in east coast: how vigorous have almond tree growth with peach rootstock? Do almonds just typically randomly die in east coast?
I planted several of the Ukrainian varieties after I made this post. So far they have grown slowly and one has died. These were bare root and I expect those issues. Soon as I can collect scion wood I will begin grafting peaches over so I can short cut the time.
I did buy a “NC10” seedling almond from burnt ridge and planted it 2 weeks ago. If it dies too, I’ll know that it’s probably not the nursery or my actions, but rather more likely almond’s intolerance to my environment. All (3 of) the almonds I planted so far are planted in a nice slope where other stonefruit like peach, plum, and apricot are thriving.
Good luck! My almond trees that died were on peach rootstock and had great root systems before planting. I thought it would have taken off like a peach tree but it was instead stunted. Tiny leaves came out and then it failed to further extend growth all summer.