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Zone 8B apple trees
suggestions of varieties to try.
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Dannytoro1
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October 27, 2023 - 2:01 pm

Greetings. New here. We have a small hobby farm with Goats and Chickens. And my wife knew in my past I dallied in various Citrus trees in Florida for years. So she suggested I explore other fruits for a small orchard. And I have to say, Anna and Dorsett Goldens gave me apple fever I guess. Gorgeous looking trees.

But I have found the internet a bit conflicted over varieties growable to producing fruit here. I found "Tropic Sweet" and "Alabama Shell" that also seem pretty sure fire for here.

But I've also found Zones are very misleading two. Going over past winters here; I'd venture there have been few years we have not gotten 750 annual 45 degree seasons. Lord a few have reached 1100-1200 hours 45 or under. So I suspect other varieties will work most of the time too.

Preferably I want to find a few long keepers for here too. I think Tompkins County, Mutsu could work.

But I'd love to hear from other southern fruit growers and hear their experiences.

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Larry_G
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October 28, 2023 - 12:18 pm

Welcome to HOS.org.

If you are in the Portland vicinity, we have nudged up to hardiness zone 9a over the past 30 years.

We are near the chill-hours map 3000-3400 boundary, the highest in the Lower 48 states.

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Dannytoro1
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October 28, 2023 - 2:57 pm

We are in Southern Georgia.

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John S
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October 29, 2023 - 9:49 am

There are specific apples that grow well in low chill environments. Anna and Dorsett Golden are two of them. Most of us don't have to worry about that up here in the PNW.

John S
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katmendeux
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November 10, 2023 - 12:39 pm

Hi,

Goats, and chickens, and apples --oh, my! Sounds like heaven to me.

As luck would have it, the University of Idaho Heritage Apple Conference zoom webinar next Wednesday is on old southern apples. They're going to be talking about the legacy of Lee Calhoun and Tom Burford. If you're busy then, they archive them, and you can watch it later. Here's a link Heritage Apple Conference. Some of us in this forum tune it in. It's free.

I've read Calhoun's book, and it's fabulous. Lots and lots of historic varieties, from the South and for the South. It's out of print, but you can read it free at: Old Southern Apples.

Enjoy.

katmendeux

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Chris M
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November 10, 2023 - 1:27 pm

The heritage conference also posts on you tube later. I often listen when I am doing something else. They are often discussing things that do not require a watch. Hope you orchard does well Danny.

 

Chris in Philomath

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Dannytoro1
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November 11, 2023 - 9:19 am

katmendeux said
Hi,

Goats, and chickens, and apples --oh, my! Sounds like heaven to me.

As luck would have it, the University of Idaho Heritage Apple Conference zoom webinar next Wednesday is on old southern apples. They're going to be talking about the legacy of Lee Calhoun and Tom Burford. If you're busy then, they archive them, and you can watch it later. Here's a link Heritage Apple Conference. Some of us in this forum tune it in. It's free.

I've read Calhoun's book, and it's fabulous. Lots and lots of historic varieties, from the South and for the South. It's out of print, but you can read it free at: Old Southern Apples.

Enjoy.

katmendeux

  

Outstanding! I will try to catch it live. Thanks for the links.

The wife is into flower varieties but since I am talking about apples; she is going to get her home nursey license again. She religiously gathers uncommon variants of plants. She has a number of folks wanting Angel Trumpets and various lilies.

I have found more varieties of  possible Apples. But it is not easy as zone suitability sometimes conflicts wildly. And chill hours seems sketchy at best.

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Dannytoro1
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November 11, 2023 - 9:20 am

Chris M said
The heritage conference also posts on you tube later. I often listen when I am doing something else. They are often discussing things that do not require a watch. Hope you orchard does well Danny.

 

Chris in Philomath

  

Thanks. I will use it to catch episodes I miss them.

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