- Fertilize in spring.
- Prune while dormant
- Cold hardy to 0 and negative 10 degrees
- Chill hours 400-500
- Common tree around town, but not commonly seen on side streets. These trees are considered "special" by the locals and many gardeners don't want random people picking fruit off their trees yet interestingly enough people don't mind others, as a general rule, picking grapefruit or some varieties of oranges from the overhang of trees off their property walls. The rule is always to ask first before picking anyone's fruit. Remember here in Arizona, anyone..and I mean ANYONE...has a right to carry a gun. It's a bit scary and we all saw nationally what happened in the recent tragedy. If you're visiting, most of the locals are pretty nice people but because this is a transitional state, it's best to speak with the owners first. I'm from Wisconsin originally and for the most part, people are genuine and nice. However, Arizona is a mix of people and the state can be a bit of a culture shock for people, like me in the beginning, who grew up in the midwest or small towns. I find that there are more "crazies" than the national average....it must be our hot sun:) I do love the weather and the ability to garden all year round. The sunshine makes me smile. Arizona is a great place to visit, but our recent national attention, SB1070, Jan Brewer, border violence and the drug wars, and Congresswoman Giffords and the killings, make us look like a dangerous place to visit. You might then understand why people may be a little "standoffish" at first, but there are a lot of great people here....it's just about who you associate with.....end of that deep thought:)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Before I begin with more information on fruit trees, I'd like to explain a bit more on what I'm doing right now with these posts over the past week. I've been writing on these fruit trees because people in Tucson are now in the "season" of fruit tree hunting. We type in things like "Blenheim Apricot in Tucson" and nothing really personal or informative comes up. As part of my docent training, I am trying to help guide people into the hours of research and experience I have collected with these trees so that they will feel successful in their own gardens here. I'm sorry about the break with personal stories and efforts around the garden, but I realized over the course of the year that I haven't been writing about my plant purchases and how they're progressing on the property. For the most part, I have a green thumb, but like any gardener, there are plants that have totally failed with me. A write on this will happen after the Fruit Trees for Tucson series is over. I am not a scientist who studies the microchemical balances of a leaf....just a gardener who knows what works and what doesn't. The only things I can get technical about are language structures, linguistics,and that kind of thing which of course relate to all things Spanish:) Right now I am trying to help out my fellow city people who are preparing their gardens for this upcoming summer because it's what we love!