Growing Apples In Florida
Now I've done it:
Most varieties of apple are not supposed to grow in Florida, including all of the varieties on the above receipt.
Interestingly, I came across a site that throws into question the entire concept of apples being strictly a northern tree.
At the same time, I also watched The Permaculture Orchard. And I had some grafting conversations with this guy and that got me thinking... and thinking...
Since my sweet cherry trees are still doing fine (though my almonds are not)... and because I would really like to grow apples... I pulled the trigger and bought this set of bare-root from Peaceful Valley.
Now just because I'm buying and planting Granny Smith, Fuji, Honey Crisp, Gala and other apples that aren't supposed to grow in Florida... don't think I'm recommending it. I'm not.
I've already got a few Anna apples, a Dorsett or two, plus an Ein Shemer and a Tropic Sweet in the Food forest. Those are recommended varieties... the others are most definitely not.
My bet is that we will face significant battles with fireblight. They may be able to grow in the dry warm climates, but our wet warm climate may prove deadly.
Resolution: I'm going to do my best with organic means (as far as is possible) to grow traditional apple varieties here in Florida.
I'll post photos as I go and keep you all updated. I'm going to experiment with growing some root stocks and grafting varieties as well.
I dunno about you, but I'm excited.
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