[NAFEX] Planting for possible changes
fruitopia at firstva.com
Wed Jan 26 08:09:57 EST 2011
Good topic, Evan. Traditionally my hollow was apples. As a fellow born in the
1910's said, "In the hollow was apples, and that's what we sold, and on the slopes
was corn, and that's what we ate". Of course his sloped land is very eroded and
In this area of Central Virginia it does seem like apples are ripening in warmer
weather, making them mushy and full of rots. I am trying a variety of species to
hedge my bets. I've had a bit of success with pecan varieties usually grown far
south of here. Fig survival has been great, but production poor. If it does get
warmer and drier both, I'm hoping figs will be very happy. The pecans I plant low
near creeks, as they like a lot of water in late summer.
My biggest success has been fuzzy kiwifruit. I don't normally sell fruit, but with
over ten bushels from two vines, this year I sold the first local fuzzy kiwifruit ever
offered in Charlottesville. Even in my frost-resistant site, though, I've needed the
short season varieties Elmwood and Saanichton to get them to ripen.
elevation 1,250 ft.
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Evan <kodama at riseup.net>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:16:37 -0500
>I am very interested in hearing folks' strategies for adding resilience to their
orchards or adapting to possible future climate scenarios. Planting out of zone
expecting a change? Keeping drought tolerant (or maybe wet tolerant) varieties in
particular microclimates just in case normal rainfall patterns shift (are shifting)?
Building swales for water retention? What are you doing? These sorts of things
could make a fertile topic to explore...
>But I have no interest in hearing yet another climate change debate, particularly
on this list.
>Southern Appalachia, Zone 6b
>just short of 3000'
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