[NAFEX] What if?
Donna &/or Kieran
holycow at cookeville.com
Wed Apr 9 23:00:36 EDT 2008
For Steve in the Adirondacks of northern NY:
I'm just thinking.... What if, someday, I decided to move. What if I
moved from here, in zone 3B, to northern Florida? Just for the sake of
argument, let's say the Gainesville area in zone 8B.
So what about Gainesville? Too far north for the really edible citrus
fruits. Right? YEP
Maybe too far south for most apples. I would think any
apples would have to be low chill varieties with pretty low quality?
FROM MY PARENTS EXPERIENCE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, RACCOONS WILL EAT EVERYTHING
YOU GROW EXCEPT LEMONS.
Maybe there are some warm growing plums that would be good. Is it still
in the right range for peaches? THEY DO GROW PEACHES THERE I HEAR. I NEVER
SAW ANY PEACHES IN FLORIDA. I HAVE SEEN PHOTOS OF PLUMS DEVELOPED FOR
GAINESBORO AREA. I HAVE SEEN AND SOLD THE TREES, BUT HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE
WHO ATE FROM THE TREES.
How bad would the disease pressure be with such warm humid summers?
DREADFUL. YOU CAN WATCH YOUR TOMATO PLANTS MELT PRACTICALLY BEFORE YOUR
What other fruits might do well there? BLUEBERRIES, MUSCADINES,
POMEGRANATES (This is just a little fantasy I'm having as I watch the snow
melt around here.)
I SUGGEST YOU CHANGE YOUR FANTASY: Suppose you were somewhere in western or
central Virginia or NC. You've had a little bit of snow just for old times
sake, lasted about 24 hours. You've also had lots of pretty shirt sleeve
weather. You can grow apples, pears, plums, cherries, and they are less
likely to freeze out in the spring than over here on the western side of the
Appalacians. The summers are hot and humid, but they don't last 10 months
like Florida summers. And best of all, there is cool weather in winter to
give you a few months of relief from the bugs. Do a little research on the
net while you wait for the snow to melt. We drove over the mtns late one
spring and upon entering the Shenandoah Valley it was apparent at once that
we were in a softer climate, better soil than we have here. There were
beautiful lilacs in bloom, they nearly always freeze out here. And there
were apple trees that were huge and covered in blossoms, not the sparse
blooming we typically see here. Donna
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