Best stone fruit varieties for NM

texasjg(6)June 18, 2012

Anyone out there living in central New Mexico? I'm at 4600', hot hot hot summers, cold winters and 9" avg rainfall I'd like to plant some fruit trees, peach, plum, cherry, apple, apricot . Good amount of space for semi dwarf or dwarf trees but not enough room for several varieties of each, so need self pollinators. There are lots of mature fruit trees here that are doing well, just no one knows the varieties any longer.

First thoughts:

Lapins cherry

Harcot apricot

Braeburn apple

Red haven peach

Stanley plum

Thanks for your advice.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

You might try Tomcot, Montrose, and Robada apricots; Fuji, Pink Lady, and Goldrush apples; Gold Dust, Surecrop, Redglobe, and Redskin peach; Olympic asian pear; Flavor King and Flavor Grenade pluot; and Arctic Star and Arctic Jay nectarines. Not all self fertile but all very good eating quality.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:49PM
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alan haigh

I figured Fruitnut would come through for you.

Fruitnut, do you know any European plums that might do well there? Anyone else?

Asian pears have their limitations, not good for much in the kitchen, for instance. E pears are less vulnerable to late frost here in the northeast. E plums I think are also very nice for culinary purposes as well as fresh eating. Pluots are pretty wet for this.

Fruitnut goes for highest brix fruit but I don't know if he cooks much with it.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:54AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Only European plum I've fruited was in Amarillo, a similar climate to Socorro NM. It made good fruit but the tree died after a few crops. I tried some others but didn't get much fruit.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:43AM
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texasjg(6)

Thanks, y'all, good suggestions. We mostly do fresh eating, but I do like to can when I have overloads. My favorite peach recipe (after jam) to make is Peach Liqueur ;-)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 11:31AM
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