in the Backyard Orchard Culture style
from Tom Spellman
The couple at the fruit tasting seemed intrigued, and I continued…
- Consider multiple planting to extend ripening as long as possible.
- Try three or four compatible varieties together in one hole for extended harvest.
- You do not want to plant standard and semi-dwarf rootstocks together in the same hole! Choose one or the other.
- You want all trees in a multiple planting to have similar requirements for irrigation, fertilizer and maintenance.
- You want all trees in a multiple planting to grow at a similar rate so one does not dominate the planting and shade out its neighbors. You prune as often as needed to accomplish this.
The following is a list of varieties that will grow compatibly together and will produce a crop through an extended season. These are varieties and combinations that are personal favorites of mine. It doesn't mean that these are the only combinations you should consider, this is just a starting point. Varieties that are your personal favorites should always be taken into consideration. Of course, always check to be sure your selections will thrive and produce quality fruit in your particular geographic area.
- Dorsett Golden — July through August
- Fuji — August through October
- Granny Smith — October through January
- Gala — August through September
- Pettingill — September through October
- Pink Lady — October through December
- Royal Rosa Apricot — early May to June
- Flavor Delight Aprium® — late May to mid June
- Blenheim Apricot — mid June to early July
- Tomcot — late May to mid June
- Nugget — mid June to early July
- Canadian White Blenheim — late June to mid July
- Earli Autumn — late July to late August
Nectarines - White
- Arctic Star — mid June,
- Arctic Glo — late June early July
- Arctic Rose — mid to late July
- Arctic Queen — early to mid August
Nectarines - Yellow
- Desert Delight — early to late June
- Double Delight — early to mid July
- Panamint — late July to early August
- Zee Glo — mid to late August
Peaches - White
Peaches - Yellow
Peaches - Double Flowering / Fruiting
- Double Jewel — mid June to early July
- Red Baron — late June to mid July
- Saturn — mid July to early August
- Flavorosa — late May through June
- Flavor Queen — late July to late August
- Flavor King — mid August to early September
- Flavor Grenade — late August to November
Plums - Japanese
- Methley — June
- Shiro — late June to mid July
- Catalina — mid July to mid August
- Golden Nectar — mid August to early September
- Beauty - June
- Santa Rosa — early to mid July
- Burgundy — July to late August
- Emerald Beaut — late August to mid October
Pears - European
- Hood — mid July to mid August
- Flordahome — late July through August
- Seckel — mid August to mid September
- Kieffer — September through mid October
Pears - Asian
Pears - Chinese
- Misty, O’Neal, and Sharpblue — Blueberries will ripen periodically throughout the spring and summer. Although considered self-fruitful, planting three or more varieties together will insure bumper crops.
- Black Mission, Janice Seed-less Kadota and Panache — These three figs planted together will give you a purple, a variegated and a yellow-green fruit with a prolonged harvest from July to first frost.
Note: Dave Wilson Nursery does not sell citrus trees. The following multi-planting recommendations are for information only.