Since we waited so long we decided it would be necessary to buy trees that were quite a bit larger in order to have fruit within a few years. It is a lot more expensive if you do this and I feel pretty guilty about breaking the bank for these trees but I am also so excited at the prospect of having a mini orchard! Mountain Man is even talking about doing some cuttings and maybe expanding our orchard in the future.
So, what can grow in such a cold climate? Well, here's what we purchased.
2 apple trees each 8 feet tall. A September Ruby and a Gemnini. You need two different types or you have to have neighbors close by which have one. Our nearest neighbors are half a mile away and have no fruit trees so that wouldn't work.
No picture of the Gemini and it is raining so hard right now I don't dare go out to try to take a one.
Look at that! -40!!! Yes! We are actually in zone 2a but this looks like it will work wonderfully and as the nursery is in the same climate I'm convinced they will grow here.
2 Valiant grape vines. This really surprised me. Grapes! I know nothing about growing grapes but I am so willing to learn!
2 Cupid cherry trees. Apparently they can be the same kind but I think I might need to do more research on this one. They aren't huge cherry trees like you might be thinking. These only grow to about 8 feet tall.
3 Saskatoon trees. These were just little guys and I'm sure it will be a few years before we get any fruit but I couldn't help getting them as Mountain Man loves saskatoon pie!
2 plum trees, a Pembina and a Brook Red, each 6 feet tall. I had no idea plums could grow up here! Guess I didn't do enough research!
These trees will get huge!
Here's the low down on the cost:
Apples 2 x $65 = $130
Plums 2 x $65 = $130
Cherries 2 x $25 = $50
Grapes 2 x $25 = $50
Saskatoon's 3 x $15 = $45
Rhubarb = $15
Total cost? $420 plus $42 in taxes!! Yikes!! Will it be worth it? Ask me in about 4 years.... I certainly hope so!