I wish I could say we are at least headed out of the depths here, but our forecast low is 0F tonight, ouch It hasn’t gotten below 0 here for at least five years.
I did have a pleasant surprise a few minutes ago, I put away a big bag of GoldRush last fall and forgot I did it. I just pulled one out and ate it. I am surprised at how crisp it is, hardly any different from when I put it in the bag.
What zone are you in? You are way ahead of me. I’m in central MA. We had -7F and -30 with windchill last night. Our pipes were frozen this morning. All trees are dormant but it’s brutally cold even now (at -2 F).
Scott, I put in a Gold Rush last year. It’s on M7. It did not grow much (poor soil). I probably have to wait 2-3 more years. Can’t wait.
Post some pictures to make us all have hope for an eventual Spring! It is only about 14 degrees outside where I am, with lows in the single digits forcast for 3 or 4 nights this week. Wasn’t last winter supposed to be the cold one? I’m 7a, just outside washington, DC.
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Here’s another row of trellised stone fruit in my greenhouse. The row is 34 ft long and has 25 trees spaced about 18 inches apart. Tree height will be 6ft and canopy width about 2ft. Two older trees were moved and the other trees planted as grafted or rootstock a yr ago.
Selah, Bing, Cowickie, Sandra Rose, and Benton cherries on G5 or Newroot1
Ranger, Redhaven, Sweet Dream, Valley Sweet, and Tangos peaches on K1 and Lovell
Arctic Star, Honey Royale, Honey Blaze, Honey Diva, Ambre, Raspberry Red, Speckled Egg, Arctic Rose, Arctic Queen, Arctic Jay, Spice Zee, and Sauzee King nectarines on K1 and Lovell
Sugar Pearls, Tomcot, Robada, and Orangered apricots on K9 and Lovell
Carmine Jewel tart cherry and Emerald Beaut plum
An orchard in 34 ft!! One of six new rows in my greenhouse.
They’re trained as a simple fan now. Depending on spacing each tree may end up with one or two upright branches with fruiting spurs only. Every 2yrs or so a branch would be renewed by pruning it down low.
One more question about your trees. What is your prunning schedule to keep them at 6 feet? Is that something that is mostly accomplished by dormant prunning or do you need to prune multiple times each year to keep them there?
p.s. It took me a while to notice that CJ. That sure looks tiny when you compare it to the flowers on its neighbors.