February 25, 2010 12:15 PM Subscribe
Orcharding tips? Bring them, please.
posted by cog_nate to home & garden (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've ordered apple trees for a small home orchard, two of each of these: Ashmead's Kernel, Dabinett, Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, Hudson's Golden Gem, and Wickson. They'll all be on M111 rootstock, which I concluded (and the orchardist I'm ordering from agreed) was pretty much the best option for the space I have and the climate (Zone 5B). I've got room for all of them, planning to space them 15 or 16 feet apart in a 3x4 grid.
I've read a few books -- particularly The Apple Grower by Michael Phillips -- and visited several websites to prepare, and while a lot of that info in the book and online seems appropriate to my situation, I'm sure there are really useful things I haven't come across yet. For those of you growing apple trees (and particularly folks in Zone 5B), what tips and techniques do you have to share regarding getting an orchard started off right? On the off chance anyone is growing those particular cultivars, any tips specific to them?
(I haven't done this yet, but I'll probably also order a couple cherry trees and a couple hazelnut (filbert) trees. I've done a lot less reading about cherry and nut trees, so if you have tips specific to them, please post them! Also, I have consulted my local extension agency regarding these questions; unfortunately, they were not particularly helpful.)