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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Fruit Orchard

The Fruit Orchard was begun in 2008 with other trees added in 2009, 2010. There are 9 fruit trees in the orchard. The trees in the orchard include:

(Click on each one to find additional information.)

Fuji apple


Redhaven peach


Reliance peach


Granny Smith apple


Centennial crabapple


Removed 2017

Gala apple


Mishirasu Asian pear


Removed 2017

Braeburn apple


Damson plum


Removed 2017


In addition to the fruit trees that are planted in the Fruit Orchard, there are others around the property. Most of those were planted before 2001 by the previous owners of the property. On the west side of the house there are four fruit trees watered by drains from the entire garage roof. There is a sour cherry, a sweet cherry, a very large apricot and an asian pear. In the rear the house behind the wall of the flower garden there is a peach tree that was started from a pit. In the middle of the flower garden is a Damson plum. In the front of the house is a Greengage plum and an Indian Magic crabapple.

At the southeast corner of the house are two pear trees. Both the Everfresh Angelys Anjou #7 pear and the Luscious pear were planted in the spring, 2010.

The total count of fruit trees is 19 which includes those in the orchard and all of the others around the property.

Planting a Fruit Tree

All of our fruit trees were planted by Reyes Moreles. He can be reached at 505-501-0253. He also is a great gardener and can do many other jobs around the house and garden.

2012 Activities

Winter Spring Summer Fall

2013 Activities

There was no fruit this year. Two late freezes killed all of the blossoms in the spring.

2014 Activities

There was no fruit this year on any of the trees except the old sour cherry. Two late freezes killed all of the blossoms in the spring. I did begin an experimental activity to try to save the trees from the same fate in the years to come. Supposedly the treatment takes 3 years to complete, which will be in 2017. It involves using a Kelp Extract called Maxicrop. It is a water soluble kelp extract used as a foliar-applied plant stimulant extracted from fresh Noregian Ascophyllum. It is to be applied six times in the spring and summer typically May, June & July.

The benefits are cumulative from one year to the next and protection from cold temperatures in the spring increases.

1. First spray at full bud stage.

2. Second spray at petal fall.

3. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th sprays are applied approx. every 2 weeks.

2015 Activities

I put Yum Yum on fruit trees in orchard. Some Apricot - Prunus armeniaca trees are blooming in town, but none of my fruit trees are coming out of bud in early March. At the end of March I put one bag of Back to Earth Cypress Mulch on each fruit tree and watered it in. By the end of March many of the trees are beginning to break bud- all the apples, all the pears, the peaches, the crabapple and the apricots. The first application of Maxicrop spray was applied as the buds began to swell in late March. Further applications were applied at two week intervals.

2015 was the third year in a row that a late freeze killed most of the flowers, so not much fruit. The only trees not affected were the sour cherries (which produced a bumper crop). These were picked from June 26 to July 16 as they ripened. The Fuji, Braeburn and Gala apple trees each had a few pieces of fruit.

2016 Activities

All of the trees bloomed in April and May according to their blooming schedules. The nectarine and the Damson plum did not make any fruit. Most of the peach trees did not make much fruit with the exception of the Reliance peach. The old apricot tree bloomed, but most of the blooms were killed by frost, however some of the lower branches did have some fruit. All of the apples, the Centennial crabapple, all of the pears, the and both of the cherry trees made fruit. The Greengage plum and the old Damson plum both had a lot of fruit.

2017 Activities

Most of the trees bloomed in April and May. Not many blooms on the apricot trees, Damson plum, peach trees in the orchard, Fuji apple, nor Greengage plum. Fruit was set to some degree on all of the others except the necterine that has never set fruit. One of the Mishirasu Asian pears was in decline and had to be cut down. By June the trees that still had fruit were the old sour cherry, the Damson plum in the back flower garden, the Everfresh Angelys Anjou #7 pear, the old peach on the other side of the back garden wall, and all of the apples except the Fuji apple. The Mishirasu Asian pear that is left has fruit, but the tree does not look very good.

By July the other Mishirasu Asian pear and the Centennial crabapple were removed. Each of them failed to thrive in the hot/dry weather we had in June. Monsoon began the second week of July.

A good amount of Damson and Greengage plums were picked in August, but not as many as the year before. The Old peach tree however did the best ever enabling us to freeze many batches of peaches to use for preserves during the fall and winter.

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