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Bloom Time
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Red Baron Peach, Spaulding Pear, Angel Red Pomegranate.  On bubblers with AMENDED soil…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lauren Feb 29, 2016.

Bloom Time

Red Baron Peach, Spaulding Pear, Angel Red Pomegranate.  On bubblers with AMENDED soil…Continue

Started Feb 27, 2016

Things that I've Learned...
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I've been a member of the VPA forum for six years now and have grown a lot of fruit trees since.  As I'm in the process of moving and planting a new orchard, I've begun to reflect on some random…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Yardley May 28, 2016.

Things that I've Learned...

I've been a member of the VPA forum for six years now and have grown a lot of fruit trees since.  As I'm in the process of moving and planting a new orchard, I've begun to reflect on some random…Continue

Started Feb 7, 2016

 

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Andrew Brewer replied to Xenia's discussion Mango trees
"Just saw some "mango" trees at Lowes in North Scottsdale today.  No cultivar listed."
Mar 18, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Lauren's discussion Tell me about kiwis....
"They need cooler temperatures and higher humidity to fruit here. Vines might survive with adequate water and heavy shade, but that's pretty much it. Same thing goes for a lot of other tropicals/subtropicals like cherimoya, for example."
Mar 3, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Xenia's discussion Mango trees
"Try in a few weeks.  Like HD, a lot of Lowes are starting to get more trees in now."
Mar 2, 2016
Lauren replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Well LE Cooke lists them at 200-300 hours apiece so I at least have a little hope :) Those red baron blooms are the stuff of legends. They are so ruffley, almost double flower looking. That's one I'll have to see in person and marvel at."
Feb 29, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Seckel requires about 600 hours of chill.  It may not set in many parts of town.  Pineapple requires less, but it often needs another variety to produce fruit.   If you want to try again, I'd go the Southern Bartlett and Acres…"
Feb 29, 2016
Lauren replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Very nice! I keep seeing this red baron peach mentioned... is there something extraordinary about the variety? The blooms are fantastic. Poo on the pears being bland. I planted sugar pear (seckel) & pineapple pear this year and have no…"
Feb 29, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"I've become pretty negative on fall apples here.  Don't size up and lots of cracking.  Fruit taste really varies.  Sometimes great, sometimes horrible.  I've become a Tropic Sweet guy.  That being said, M7 is…"
Feb 28, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Very well.  It is a low chill pear, but the flavor is a little bland.  I also have Acres Home and Southern Bartlett and both have fruited on third leaf on OHXF333-- both are high quality and size up well.  I would only grow those two…"
Feb 28, 2016
Fascist Nation replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"How does the Spaulding Pear work out fruitwise?My Red Fuji is still dormant too, but the buds (spurs?) have been swelling."
Feb 28, 2016
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Feb 27, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Gabe M's discussion Dead or Alive
"If you don't see any activity in the next few weeks, it's probably dead. Mine are starting to come to life now."
Feb 24, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Joe Hillings's discussion Looking for planting info on some new tree's for our yard
"Sarcasm aside, unless you're planting on a lot with flood irrigation, some amendment needs to be done to the soil if you're going to put in things like apricots or plums and you go the Dave Wilson or Home Depot route.  I've met a…"
Feb 24, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Kai Goodwillie's discussion Create a balanced organic citrus fertilizer
"Or you can be lazy and just top dress with chicken manure every month."
Feb 21, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Kai Goodwillie's discussion Create a balanced organic citrus fertilizer
"Fertilize your Citrus like an acid liking rhododendron and you'll be ok. http://www.rhododendron.org/v47n4p202.htm"
Feb 21, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Joe Hillings's discussion Looking for planting info on some new tree's for our yard
"The deciduous fruit trees should be planted wherever there is afternoon shade, except for the apricot which can take more sun. The pomegrante can go anywhere, but fruit quality will suffer if it doesn't get some shade."
Feb 21, 2016
Aaron replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Things that I've Learned...
"Great list btw, I would add to start with trees that do well here (in the valley), save the exotic stuff that produces marginally for later or never."
Feb 9, 2016

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At 9:54am on February 26, 2014, svbcaz said…

What do you think about the sundowner variety on M7?

At 11:16am on February 25, 2014, svbcaz said…

Pink Lady apple on M111 with 3 grafts 15 gal--Planted last year around May. Regular water schedule, once every week. Did well over summer. The grafts looked good---Fuji, Gala, Sundowner. Went to sleep in Winter by dropping its leaves. Then over the winter I noticed tips starting to turn darker some even going black. In testing the branches by breaking them, they just snap off like dried dead wood.  Bought from RSI Growers. Owner said is first one he has heard that died other than a dog getting another one. He thought it might be blight but the black parts were not soft and no sawdust in wood. I continued to cut the tree down to the graft in the trunk and found nothing green whatsoever. He didn't think it was blight and doesn't know what may have killed it especially since it was in an inactive growing period. My watering schedule was basically on a citrus watering schedule. Once a week in the summer and cutting back to once a month in winter. I have nice sized basins around the trees and would fill the wells completely full. Any ideas?

I noticed past posts from you saying that pink lady does struggle in our soils even on M111. I love pink lady apple flavor but wondering if I should grow a base tree of another kind like you have--Fuji, or Gala and then graft pink lady to it. I am not a fan of the soft mushy type green, yellow apples

At 6:08am on January 6, 2012, sam said…

Andrew you mentioned there are 2 nurseries here in Phoenix that grow fruit trees locally. Who are they? I wish to contact them for possible employment. Do you know of any greenhouse or hydroponic operations looking for employees?

At 10:36am on April 18, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Welcome to the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.

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