[nafex] What are early-ripening temperate fruit crops (minor and major) that ripen before July in zones 5-7?
c.s.carnevale at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 12:25:08 EST 2012
I would add Nanking cherries to the list of early fruiters. They are
delicious and prolific.
The difference between zones 5 and 7 will make a big difference in what you
can grow, but you may be able to push the zone limit in zone 7 with loquats
and hardy citrus, particularly if you have a protected spot. Citrus fruits
in winter and many varieties are hardy down to 10-12 degrees, some, some
down to 0 or the negatives. McKenzie Farms, here in South Carolina, has a
great hardy citrus catalog: http://mckenzie-farms.com/photo.htm. Loquats
fruit in mid- to late spring. On the south Atlantic coast, we eat them
sometimes as early as March, but more often April-June. They are hardy
down to 10 - 15 degrees, but I'm not sure how they would react to colder
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