That brand-new Florida apple orchard is the result of an afternoon my wife and I spent in the garden a week ago.
10 trees in a row. 9 apples and one Pineapple quince.
The apple varieties are… drum roll, please…
Hudson Golden Gem
Arkansas Black Spur
They’re planted 5′ apart. Very close, I know; but I needed them where they’ll get lots of attention. After this photo, I cut all the trees at knee height. When they start growing, I’ll be shaping them up with good limb structure so they fit this tiny space.
We need to answer the question: “Can you grow good apples in Florida?” More specifically, can we grow apples in Florida other than Anna, Ein Shemer, Tropic Sweet and Golden Dorsett?
I hope so, or else I’m going to be out $200 for nothing but my love of you, O inquisitive reader. It’s not that I don’t love you all enough to sacrifice my grocery money for bare-root trees that likely won’t grow here… it’s just that I really want good apple pie.
That said, in according with my permaculture approach to gardening, these apple trees will also be surrounded by other species including herbs, nitrogen-fixers, flowers and berries. I want to grow apples in Florida – so I’m going to make it happen.
I will report on their progress in future posts.