Hello Fruit Tree Enthusiasts…
Why late flowering fruit tree cultivars?
We have a couple of clients with South facing slopes in Missouri. These slopes warm up much faster than North facing slopes and as such will tend to flower before the last frost thus killing the pollinated blossoms and eliminating the crop. So I emailed our Plant Guy, Bryce Ruddock, to make some recommendations.
His response was so helpful we thought many of you might appreciate what he shared with us as well. Here is the email from Bryce. Enjoy.
And here is good list from Farming Gardens for apple pollination periods.
If early blooming with resulting frost damage to the flowers is going to be a major issue then I would suggest going with the mid-season to late season bloomers. The nursery catalog from Raintree Nursery also has a very nice list of bloom times along with appropriate pollination partners. Lots of possibilities and you know me, I will always push heirloom cultivars before the new ones. Better flavor, reliable hardiness, better storage for the late varieties. Stay away from Honeycrisp as on dwarfing rootstocks it is highly prone to windthrow and breakage.
Henderson and Iowa are good late blooming apricots.
Check with Stark nursery catalog from Missouri for cold hardy cvs, such as Contender, Intrepid, and Reliance. Be sure to use Lovelle rootstock to avoid canker blight rot for all the peach, nectarine, and apricots.
Need to be resistant to fireblight so try ones such as Starking Delicious, Seckel, from Stark. From Raintree try Blake’s Pride, Warren, Harrow Delight, and Ayers.
Check with Raintree as they have many cvs.
Hope this helps Bill.
Happy designing… Bryce