The first question to ask is what type of climate issues you might encounter
- Will you have to worry about early or late frosts?
- What trees and plants will do best in your region and planting conditions?
- What does my family love?
- What do I spend the most money on?
Fruit trees and berries are a bit tricky when planning because you have to plan for good pollinators otherwise you end up with all flowers and no fruit. Some fruit trees like peaches are mostly self-pollinating and it’s not such big issue but apples, pears and cherries require some planning. So here is my list for the beginning of my orchard.
Cox Orange Pippen
Montmorencey Sour Cherry
Heritage - 5
Fall Gold - 5
Jewel - 5
Earliblue – 2
Collins - 2
Coville - 2
I have decided to go with semi-dwarf which tends to be a bit hardier than the dwarf varieties.So by the middle of April I will have my holes dug, proper amounts of compost and greensand applied just awaiting the arrival of our future orchard.