Good Gardening: Fall Fruit Selection

Sep 15, 2015

Credit John Fischer

If you are planning to plant a fruit tree in the future there are a few things you should do right now.
  (Crunch Crunch)
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  This is a good time of year to sample all the fruits that the grow well in Oregon- and there are a lot of them.  While peaches, plums, and figs require virtually no care, apples and pears are still the most commonly planted tree fruits in the country.
  To make sure you get the right fruit tree, do a little research now on which variety will best fit your needs.  Do you want early, or late season fruit?  Will you be eating it fresh, storing it for the winter, or canning drying or juicing the fruit?
  And most importantly, do you like the taste.  A new favorite apple of mine - Goldrush- hangs on the tree into January, and is scab resistant.  But some people find it too tart and spicy.
  I enjoy persimmons, but if you don't like slimy- very tasty- fruit, don't plant one.
  Figs are the sweetest thing you can grow in Oregon, but if you don't like fresh figs, you'll have a lot to give away each year.
  Peaches and plums, along with some apples and pears have been available for sampling since June.  More apples and pears will appear in local markets over the next few months.  Try them, you might like them.
  The second thing to do now, so you are ready for next springs bareroot planting season, is to select and prepare a planting spot.
  Find a sunny location sufficiently distant from the house, and put a 3 foot circle of cardboard on the lawn.  Cover the cardboard with an inch or two of kitchen scraps.  Then top it off with 6 to 10 inches of leaves
  Come February you'll have a great place to put in a new tree- (crunch) ish yo've bade your beshishon yet.