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Postby MDAVIS » Apr 14, 2009 11:12 am

I was wondering what kinds of fruits/ vegetables thrive well in zone 5 areas?? Thanks!! :P
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby beeman » Apr 15, 2009 9:23 pm

You will have a problem with Bananas and sometimes peaches. :lol:

We grow a ton of fruit, apples, plums, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black currants, gooseberries, High bush blue berries. This year I have ordered an Apricot!

Veggies, too many to mention 8) .

Go for it, most things will grow around here.
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby MDAVIS » Apr 16, 2009 8:12 am

Thanks I am really excited to try this!
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby Fruitpit » Oct 01, 2009 2:32 am

Hey Beeman,
It looks like you are quite well acquainted with fruit trees. I would like
to start a little orchard without having to pay for starts. What do you think would be the best way to start some apples and plums without using chemical rooting compounds and fertilizers? Seeds, cuttings...?

Any thoughts welcome!
Thanks a lot,

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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby beeman » Oct 01, 2009 8:20 pm

Fruitpit wrote: What do you think would be the best way to start some apples and plums without using chemical rooting compounds and fertilizers? Seeds, cuttings...?


The best way is to buy either 1 year old trees or older and train them, these are invariably from grafted stock.
You could raise stuff from seeds but they rarely come true and produce good fruit, which is why grafting was invented.
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby Fruitpit » Oct 01, 2009 9:30 pm

Thanks for the input, that makes sense. Would you happen to know of any good reading material you could point me towards on learning how to graft? They are usually grafted onto a different variety of the same kind of tree which has a good root stock yes?

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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby beeman » Oct 02, 2009 9:24 am

Now you're getting into serious stuff. Grafting onto various root stocks, if available,is an art form and nothing to be taken lightly. Plus it takes years to achieve a productive tree as the failure rate is quite high.
I would suggest you Google, as there are thousands of hits on this stuff.
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby Runningtrails » Oct 31, 2009 9:19 pm

Rhubarb to go with those strawberries and ground cherries. I discovered them this year ! They are delicious and easy to grow.

I also started some goji berry bushes from seed, but they take a few years to produce,
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Re: Zone 5 fruits/ vegetables

Postby LupinFarm » Mar 17, 2010 9:34 pm

We're Zone 5b (20 minutes north of Belleville) and have 3 nectarines (planted last year), 2 pears (planted last year), 5 apples (2 were planted almost 3 years ago, 3 last year), and 2 cherry trees (planted last year).

No one is dead yet LOL, so I think we're doing okay.
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