Recommend strawberry and apricot varieties for Northern Cal?

Kim LadinFebruary 3, 2013

Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on strawberry and apricot varieties to plant. I'm in Campbell, CA (near San Jose).

For strawberries, I'm planning to plant quite a few. In shady areas, I'll plant some Fragaria Vesca. In my sunnier, raised bed spots, I'll plant regular strawberries, both short-day and day neutral. From research, if looks like I should try Seascape and Sequoia. Any other recommendations? I'll be growing organically, so fungus resistant is a plus. And for qualities, I'm all about the FLAVOR! I don't care so much about size or appearance.

For apricots, I'm going to do a multi-tree planting in a small area. I know one tree will be a Blenheim. For the second tree, I'd like something that will extend my apricot season a bit, either before or after the blenheims. And again, I care most about the flavor, not the size. I don't want an aprium, plucot, or Turducken. I want a good, honest fruit that tastes like an apricot. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
Kim

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melikeeatplants

Check this list out from Santa Clara MG...

I'm near 85/Camden. Have a goldkist apricot but it's young, haven't tried it yet.

I have seascape, sequoia, and a few others. All of them are good when left to ripen fully.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fruit Picks

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 12:10AM
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sautesmom

Moorpark or Robada for apricots (Goldensweet is the best apricot, but they are hard to find)

I am not too sure about that Master Gardener list--it has a persimmon listed as an Asian Pear!

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:29PM
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melikeeatplants

Ha Ha! The women who put that list together is well known in the bay area for growing/trying many fruits. She even has a strain of passiflora edulis named after her. Probably a typo..

Santa Clara valley was full of cherries/plums/apricots before it became Silicon Valley. All stone fruit grows great here unless its really high chill.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:41PM
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