Growing Cameo apple tree in San Diego?

PwnieJune 17, 2012

Hello, all.

I have lived and gardened in Tempe, Arizona for the last five years. About four months ago my sister brought me a grafted Cameo apple tree. I grew it out indoors under T5 grow lights and it is now a happy, healthy three feet tall!

I am moving to San Diego on the 1st and the majority of my plants will be coming with me. My question is, how will the Cameo fare in San Diego's climate? I haven't been able to find information on this cultivar's required chill hours. I know some apple varieties can be grown in Southern California - I never expected the tree to grow large or produce fruit while in Arizona, but now that I'm moving I'm hoping I can plant it outdoors and maybe have a productive tree one day! What are your thoughts / experiences?

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Well, depends on where you're moving to San Diego. San Diego proper, or around San Diego? We have SO many microclimates out here. If you're right, RIGHT on the coast, you may not have the fruit set you would have if you're a little bit more inland. Cameo is widely adapable to our S. California climates. Probably on par with Fuji for chill hours. A bit more than, say, Anna, Golden Dorsett, Pink Lady or Beverly Hills, but it should perform just fine for you. Welcome to San Diego county! And yes, many, many apple varieties will do well here.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 11:57PM
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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

Cameo is on my short list too for Fall planting.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 6:33PM
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Pwnie

Aw, thanks and I appreciate the information! I will be staying in Encinitas on the coast for the first two weeks (where plants will be kept inside to protect from salt spray) but we are looking for a house inland and closer to the city (I will be managing a brand new nursery in North Park - check it out if you're in the area!). It's nice to know I can expect good things of my sapling. :)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:49PM
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