|Live in southern az. A beginner gardner. Would love to have fruit trees in yard. Which trees grow best in this area? What do i need to start growing one? What do i need to do to keep them up? What would be the best starter tree??|
|In general, fruit trees need all day sunshine, a deep soaking once or twice a week, and a spring feeding with a fruit tree fertilizer. You can grow all kinds of trees! Here are a few suggestions:
APPLES: Anna, Dorset Golden, Fuji and Granny Smith. (Choose two for good cross pollination). APRICOTS: Autumn Royal ripens in September. Blenhiem is large and juicy and ripens in late June. Golden Amber produces fruit in mid-June to mid July. Royal is medium sized, ripens in late June to early July. A dwarf Apricot, Garden Annie is about 10 feet tall and ripens in early June.
CHERRIES: Since Cherries require more than 700 hours of chilling, few are recommended for the valley. But English Morello is self fertile, is tart, and ripens in late July.
FIGS: Fig trees are drought tolerant, require few hours of chilling, and will set fruit through out the summer. Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey and White Kadota are among the varieties suitable for home gardening. Italian Everbearing is a large bush form.
JUJUBE: Li ripens earlier than Lang. Another name for Jujube is Chinese Date. Trees grow to 15-20 feet with attractive shiny leaves, and like desert heat.
NECTARINES, DWARF: Southern Belle grows to 5 feet, and ripens in August.
Necterina is 5-6 feet tall, and ripens in late July. Goldmine has large freestone fruit, and ripens in early August. Panamint is a medium freestone fruit that ripens in early July. Sunred ripens in mid May to early June.
PEACHES, DWARF: Bonanza reaches 4-5 feet and ripens in June. Flory is also a freestone reaching 5 feet, and ripens in late July. Southern Flame is 5 feet high and ripens in late July. Southern Rose is 4-5 feet high, and ripens in early August.
PEACHES, Freestone: Babcock and Giant Babcock, both white & juicy, ripens in early July. Desert Gold is yellow and ripens late April to mid May. Earligrande is yellow, and ripens late April to late May. Early Amber ripens in May with yellow flesh. La Feliciana has yellow flesh with red flecks and ripens late June to early July. Rubidoux ripens in late August and has yellow flesh. Shanghai, with white flesh, ripens in late July. Springtime ripens in mid May, white flesh,
PEARS, ASIAN: Most are self-fertile in home gardens. Hosui with golden russet skin, is medium size and ripens in late August. Shinko, medium size with brownish-green skin, ripens in mid August to mid September. Tsu Li has oval fruit, medium to large size, good aroma, and ripens in early September. Pollinate with Ya Li. For good fall color, plant Ya Li. It ripens late August to mid September.
PLUMS, JAPANESE: Burgundy has a small pit, self-fertile, and ripens in early July. Casselman is large purple, is self-fertile, and ripens in early August. Santa Rosa is a large, oval purple, is self-fertile, and ripens in early August. Weeping Santa Rosa, is semi-dwarf 8-10 feet, and ripens in July.
PERSIMMONS; Fuyu (Jiro) will ripen in November with large round fruit.
POMEGRANATES: Wonderful is a shrub or tree to 20 feet, ripens in September.
Good luck with your new fruit trees!