Hello and thanks for looking at my first post. I have an important question regarding the placement of my trees. This is rather important to me because I’d like to do it right the first time. All my trees are potted thanks to a rabid trumpet vine I culled 3 years ago. Now I want them in ground for the 2024 season. Any advice or recommendation would be appreciated.
- The Trees I want to Plant
1 Fuyu Persimmon
1 Pinkerton Avocado
1 Gem Avocado
1 Parfianka Pomegranate
3-5 Fig trees(I have about 3 dozen and will multigraft on these in ground trees). If I only have room for 2 in ground trees I’d be happy with that. I can keep the fig trees smaller as well.
I was going to put the Avocado trees on the end to catch the morning sun but it’s shaded early throughout the winter. Now I’m wondering if I should put them in the “Pink Zone” Forgive the terrible drawing.
as in the picture.
All the trees will be pruned to about 12 feet high.
In summer the yard gets full sun and it’s very hot and dry here.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Plant at a minimum of 10 feet between trunks in all directions.
Allow for the development of 6 foot diameter basins, with tree in center.
Irrigate with 3/4" supply line, 1/2" risers, 1/4 pattern stream bubblers.
Place 4 risers in a square inside edge of each basin.
Cover basin with 1" to 1.5" inches of 1" Sequoia Bark (avail. at Nutrien Ag).
Irrigate in summer once per week for 8-10 minutes depending on soil drainage.
Otherwise, wait 5-7 days after a single rainstorm at your location exceeding 1/4 inch.
I like your layout, the only change I suggest would be since you have multiple figs that tend to spread as much as 15’ diameter, I would put my persimmon south of the Figs to assure it has the best exposure all day. Otherwise it’s good
It looks great. If I’m interpreting correctly the pomegranate is in the coveted pink square. Since it’ll be dormant in the winter you could have it somewhere else if needed.
I guess that also applies to figs. In my experience pomegranate roots are not very invasive and they do great with heavy pruning so they are easy to squeeze in little spots
Thanks, That’s very nice set up Richard. I’ll have to raise the trees a little more here since it’s basically a foot or two of heavy hard clay and rocks underneath that from the gold miners.
I’d employ French drains embedded in the clay from every planter to somewhere downhill. This will avoid having roots sit on top of saturated clay after a heavy rainstorm. The latter is a prime environment for crown rot.
Thanks Dennis, That’s were I’ve had the persimmon for 3 years now. It’s in a 28” redwood box so it still grabs sunlight now. I’m planning on letting it shade the Northern side succulent garden in the summer and letting it get a little bigger than the figs. Also late afternoon when it’s super hot it will get some relief from the heat normally I shade the tree (over 105f) and won’t have to there.
Thanks Lids that’s a good one. I thought about that but you’re right I think I’ll place the Pom in the farthest end of the garden. And about the pink area that’s why I was inquiring about planting the avocados there instead. The reason I’m hesitant is because they’re the slowest growers of the bunch.
That’s a good ideal too. I wanted the french drain but planting high hoping to ward off any root rot.