Thursday, April 3, 2014

Growing Almonds and Cherries in Florida: Update

As I wrote before, I'm attempting to grow both almonds and sweet cherries in Florida... and keeping track of my results.

On March 28th, I planted two more trees.

Cherry Test Varieties:

1 Minnie Royal Cherry, Semi-Dwarf

1 Royal Lee Cherry, Dwarf

Tree Source: 

Grow Organic

Test Location:

North Central Florida; Latitude: 29, Longitude: -82

Plant Date:



Trees were shipped on 3/18 and arrived bareroot on 3/25. Both were planted 3 days later. Unfortunately, the trees were already budded out and both were water-stressed at the time of planting, so there's some worry about their survival. Both trees roughly 5' tall. Planted in sand. Light dappled shade, Southeastern exposure. In order to maintain soil moisture, both trees have hoses at their bases constantly dripping a small amount of water.

Planters: David Goodman and Democritus "Jeffrey" Xenophon III.

Two of the previously planted cherry trees have not leafed out yet; however, all of the almonds have. Looking good so far...

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At April 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Those two varieties grew like crazy when I planted them last year. They got almost 10 feet high the first year, and I did get flowers this spring. They're also shaped narrow at the base, which lets the moisture drip off them to help reduce cracking.

At April 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Wow - fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I'm hopeful on mine... the wilting has stopped, they lost some leaves and now they're holding even.

At April 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

So exciting! I'll trade you olives and pomegranates for almonds and cherries in a couple of years, okay?

At April 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

You're on.

And I'll do you one better: I'll give you dibs on some of the first round of Florida-planted cherry and almond seedlings.

The first pits I get are getting planted.


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