fruit tree ect that will grow here - Knowledgebase Question

hermiston, Or
Question by kim60
February 22, 2011
what fruit trees would be good in Hermiston oregon.
Very Hot in summer average 85-100, cold in winter average 20-35, very sandy soil, very windy
want trees that will grow.

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2011


There are several types of fruit trees you can grow in your landscape: apples, pears, sour cherries, sweet cherries, plums and peaches. Sandy soil isn't a problem for fruit trees. In fact, they prefer fast draining soils. The wind can create a challenge, though. The best way to protect your new trees is to stake them as soon as they're planted. Here's how: You can use two eight foot long cedar stakes and drive them into the ground about 2? deep on opposite sides of the trunk. Tie the trunk to each stake individually to minimize swaying. A second option is using 3 stakes (metal or wood, about 10-12?" long) and some wire. You'll also want some rubber tubing (available at Home Depot) or a few lengths of old garden hose to string over the wire to protect the bark of your tree. Pound the stakes into the ground 4-6' from the trunk of the tree, in a triangle. Each of the stakes will be individually attached to the trunk with the protected wire so the stakes should be equal distances from each other. Attach the wire firmly to the stake, wrap it around the trunk 3-4' from the ground (be sure the tubing is situated so it keeps the wire from digging into the bark), then take it back to the stake, wrap it around the stake and then wrap the end of the wire around the first wire (the one that's pulled tense up toward the tree trunk). Do this with all three stakes, making sure there's equal tension on all wires and that they are firmly attached but not so tight as to pull the tree in any single direction. There should be a little play in the wires, so the tree can move a bit, but not too much play. Be sure to check the loops around the trunk every month or so and loosen when necessary so they won't make marks in the bark.

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