Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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.

Yet.

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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8 Comments:

At January 20, 2015 at 6:54 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

Oooooooo... particularly interested in that Arkansas Black. Those are great cooking apples. Good luck!

 
At January 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Jeremy M said...

That is quite a list..Can't wait to see your results..I recently planted a Dorsett and a Tropic Sweet..they both seem to be doing well...The other apples that were recommended to me were the Gala, King David and Fuji..

 
At January 21, 2015 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Yes. Anna is a fine apple as well - they're easy to find. Dorsett and Anna pollinate each other very well. I have a tropic sweet but it hasn't borne for me yet. Hopefully soon.

 
At January 22, 2015 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Jeremy M said...

That is quite a list..Can't wait to see your results..I recently planted a Dorsett and a Tropic Sweet..they both seem to be doing well...The other apples that were recommended to me were the Gala, King David and Fuji..

 
At March 1, 2015 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you the best, but why not try soem Florida or at least Deep South -adapted varieties? Try Big Horse Creek Orchards or Century Farm for sme great Southern apples, many with a century or more of proven performance in heat and humidity.

 
At March 1, 2015 at 11:09 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Thanks for the nurseries; however, I'm already growing Anna, Golden Dorsett and Ein Shemer - all recommended types. The thrill is in the experiment. Check out Kuffel Creek.

 
At March 1, 2015 at 11:10 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Good luck!

 
At April 27, 2015 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Tom Barrett said...

Nice to finally find someone else attempting to grow apples in Florida (and write about it). I have a Fuji, Cinnamon Spice, 2 White Winter Pearmains, and a Newtown Pippin from Trees of Antiquity. Lasted a year for me so far and still going strong this spring. If you have not already, pick up a copy of Michael Philips books and browse thru them. Some really good info that I am using with my trees. I look forward to updates on your trees!

 

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