Need Help -Orchard Varieties for NE Iowa

tomlbscfApril 24, 2014

Our Master Gardener Club has been asked to plant a small fruit orchard in the community's arboretum. It will be four quadrants made up of 18 trees each (72 total) with varieties of apples, pear, cherries, and plums. Among other things, we are trying to decide on the best varieties for our area (zone 4, maybe 5 depending on who you believe) and tree size (semi-dwarf or dwarf for example). The orchard will be used for education and the fruit will be donated to our food bank. We plan to plant in the spring of 2015. Any ideas for our questions would be truly appreciated!

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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I planted an orchard in Iowa last spring. All trees did well except the Indian Free Peach.

I'll post some new pictures when I visit next month.

Of course there are a lot of vines and bushes that produce good fruit. Maybe save some room for them too.

The advice I received was invaluable!

Here is a link that might be useful: Tree selection for Iowa orchard

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:22PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

There's also another thread that discusses orchards in Iowa.

Here is a link that might be useful: fruit trees for gift to Iowa

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:25PM
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