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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jan 17, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Anyone planting fruit trees this month? I want to plant a dwarf or two so I can pot it, but I also would like to plant a Meyer lemon and an Anna or Dorsett apple. Do you have these now or are you considering one or more.
Alma
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Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Jan 17, 2012 9:03 PM CST
I want another peach tree.
Marie
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jan 17, 2012 11:25 PM CST
Howdy Alma,
Only thing I would suggest is using a plastic or NOT ceramic/clay pot. The pot will heat up in the summer and inhibit the root development. Just wondering .... why do you want to keep the tree in a pot?

I planted a peach tree in the ground at my former home at Pte Tapatio. It did very well. Even the birdies thought so. Didn't get too many fruit due to bird thievery.
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jan 18, 2012 11:30 PM CST
Marie, if you already have a peach, what kind is it and do you think it produces well?

Susie, I'd only put a dwarf in a pot. And I'd like to do that so I can move it if it doesn't do well in one location.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Jan 19, 2012 10:30 AM CST
I have no idea which two I have. All I know is one produces great it is in bud right now and the peaches develope by April/May. The other one produces great too. but they are small and do not ripen until summer and it is too hot then and they do not taste good.
Marie
Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jan 19, 2012 11:30 AM CST
Marie, do you have a problem with the birds getting to the peaches before you? I did. Tried everything to keep them away including hanging old CDs DVDs from the branches. They ignored them after 3 days. I through a net over the 5 ft tall tree and cut slits so I could reach in and pick the ripe peaches. The birds eventually figured out my plan and started using the slits like a doorway.
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Name: Marie
Tolleson, Arizona (Zone 9a)
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Desertdenial
Jan 19, 2012 11:38 AM CST
So far not too many problems although I am not sure why. We have a bird city in our oleanders that line our driveway!
Marie
Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jan 21, 2012 12:53 PM CST
I found a very pretty "Improved Meyer lemon" at HD yesterday. They had several in two different size pots but the larger ones were so broken, I went for the smaller one. They also had some fruit trees grown in CA, most with chilling hours under 400. Dave the Garden Guy says we now have only 300 or less CH, thanks to our ever-increasing heat. I did buy a pretty little "semi-dwarf" peach. Can't remember it's name.

HD had pink lemons with variegated leaves. I was tempted, but the plants were not in good shape. Has anyone grown a pink lemon?
Alma
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 21, 2012 9:18 PM CST
I have had good luck with an Early Alberta semi-dwarf that I got from Stark Bro. Nursery a few years ago. I got 32 perfect, delicious peaches off of it last year after putting it into an oak barrel filled with miracle gro potting soil a few months earlier. It had done ok in the ground but did much better in that barrel not having to compete with oleander and other tree roots any more. I purchased another one last fall and just recently planted it into an oak barrel as well. Thumbs up
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jan 21, 2012 9:46 PM CST
Wow! Linda! Talk about a miracle! Your yield seems extraordinary to me... who struggles with birds eating ripening fruit. Do you use tap water to irrigate the peach? Rain water? Congrats on your success!

Talking to Dann_L a few days ago via email he said he felt water quality from spigot may be a strong reason his veggies didn't produce much in last few years. You obviously have good soil with the Miracle Gro soil and I know Dan amended his soil to perfection.... Maybe you all in Tucson area have better water than Phoenix Metro?
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 22, 2012 3:48 PM CST
Hi Susie !

I do not know why the birds left me the peaches. When the tree was in the ground in a more isolated spot in the yard both the birds and lizards got them. This barrel is right outside the kitchen door so there is more human activity by me there so perhaps the birds are scared off more.

Yes, I use the water from the hose. When the rain barrel is full it will get a treat of rain water mixed with miracle-gro fertilizer. Our water is very hard but tastes good. This year I am saving old panty hose and plan to cut them up and stretch each section over individual peaches for extra protection.

Green Grin!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 22, 2012 4:59 PM CST
Linda won't the birds peck through the panty hose if they really want those peaches??? Shrug!
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 22, 2012 10:07 PM CST
We shall see Margaret. Crying Hopefully it will make them look too strange and they will fly by. Smiling Plus I do not think the panty hose will taste too good. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jan 22, 2012 10:13 PM CST
Well I think it's a smart move to put the barrel/tree in a human traffic area.... for sure. I put "footsies" over my tomatoes last spring.... stunted the growth of the 'mater. Was not good. This year I'll attempt to throw a net over the plant. I have 4 'maters on one already and hope to protect them to ripen! Birds here are ViCIOUs.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2012 12:30 AM CST
Linda you must post photos of your peach tree with it's panty hose on. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jan 23, 2012 5:21 AM CST
Glam shot Green Grin!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2012 10:16 AM CST
I agree Hilarious!
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 23, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Ok you two ! Hilarious!
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 23, 2012 3:53 PM CST
Girls just wanna have fun, Linda. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
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quietyard
Jan 23, 2012 4:06 PM CST
When you two are biting into rock hard store peaches I shall be enjoying my perfectly ripe, juicy and stylishly dressed fruit ! Rolling on the floor laughing
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8

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