|I want to plant fruit trees in my yard. Apples for sure maybe peaches and pears. already have concord grapes. It is a small area. When is the best time to plant apples what variety?
|The best time to plant fruit trees is from fall through spring. In fact, that's when you'll find most on sale. I'd plant dwarf trees or semi-dwarf if you don't have a lot of growing room. These trees are grafted onto dwarfing stock so they will remain small and yet produce regular sized fruit. Varieties are numerous and most people choose the kinds of apples they most enjoy eating. However, here are a few suggestions:
Early season apples - Gala (Yellow-orange to red); Golden Delicious is a good pollinator.
Empire (Dark red over green background ); Golden or Red Delicious, or Gala are good pollinators.
Jonagold (Yellow with light red stripes); Gala or Empire will pollinate.
Golden Delicious (Yellow green to light yellow); polliators include Red Delicious, Gala, Empire.
Red Delicious (Red); Golden Delicious and Gala will pollinate.
Stayman (Blush to red ); pollinators include Gala, Golden or Red Delicious.
Late season apples - Rome (Blush to red); use Fuji or Braeburn as pollinators.
Braeburn (Green with light red blush); polliators include Rome, Fuji.
Fuji (Green with red stripes); Rome or Braeburn are pollinators.
Keep in mind that you will need two trees of different varieties for cross pollination. I've grouped them together so you'll know which will pollinate which.