Different Kinds Of Fruit To Grow In Mountains

There are small fruits you can grow in the Rocky Mountain Areas.

Living in the Rocky Mountain areas you can grow some small fruits but you will naturally need to irrigate if rainfall is not plentiful. I will list a few small fruits that you can grow in this Rocky Mountain area.

Grapes- The best grape is the Beta (or Alpha). It is a hybrid of a wild grape and of the Concord variety. It is of intermediate size and quality, and isn't very good for just raw eating but is excellent in juices and jams. The hybrid varieties will bear almost everywhere, but the Diamond, Niagara or Concord will produce a crop usually within three years.

Strawberries- This small fruit should do excellent in this area. The everbears seem to be the favorite of most but the standard one-crop varieties will also do well. Gem and Mastodon are excellent and you might also consider planting Twentieth Century, Red Rich and Streamliner. For the highest altitudes the Radiance is excellent as it has hardiness and the fruit is about half the size of the cultivated varieties.

Raspberries- The spring bearing red raspberries seems to grow well, but there is work involved in covering and uncovering them. The Latham and Chief varieties seem to grow well. Some gardeners seem to not think the black raspberries are worth the trouble but others love growing them. The everbearing red raspberries are the best kind for home gardeners. The St. Regis variety is a small well-flavored berry, but a rather short crop. The September or Indian summer varieties are preferred by many because they will produce good summer and fall crops. Their fruit is a good size and tastes wonderful.

Sour cherries- These are probably the most dependable fruit over most of the Rocky Mountain area. The Montmorency is one of the best, although the Early Richmond and the English Morello bare later and also produce darker fruit. These cherries are best grown in valleys.

If you plan to raise peaches and don't live in a valley you are taking a risk as peach trees just like to bloom at the first sign of spring and there are lots of late freezes to kill the buds. The Polly variety will bear better than most and sometimes the Elberta will give a good crop.

Apricots are more unreliable than peaches because they will bloom at an earlier given date. Pears seldom do well in the Rocky Mountain area.

Gooseberries- Wild gooseberries will grow at all altitudes. They are small and tart, but they are delicious mixed with other fruit. The Pixwell variety is one of the best.

Currants- These small fruit just aren't reliable every year but when they produce well you will have a good crop. The best varieties include Red Lake and Perfection.

Manchu Cherries- The Nanking Cherry or the Chinese Bird Cheery are best for this area. Sometimes the plants do not bear fruit as they bloom very early.

Sandcherries- The Hansen Bush Cherry is one of the best for the area, low growing, beautiful flowers and some years lots of fruit and they are very hardy.

Chokecherries- This is a very hardy slow-growing native of the area and bears fruit every year, great for jams and jellies, especially good when mixed with apples.

Buffaloberries- These are also native shrubs, ornamental but they bear excellent small red berries that are great for jelly.

Amelanchier- This is called the Juneberry, and makes delicious fruit, difficult to transplant and does tolerate drouth and poor soil.

Elderberries- These will bear fruit, but the birds love them and usually get all the fruit.

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