Mind the wrap.
I grow Anna, Ein Shemer, and Pink Ladys. I'm in USDA Zone 10B/Sunset
Zone 23. You're probably too far south to grow Gravensteins.
Kate, looks like you are convinced, but just in case: I have always had
my best results with fruit trees/vines that are at least one zone
inside of their declared range limits. Marginal situations almost never
work. I failed with peaches and pawpaws, being at the northern edge. My
american persimmon is a mediocre tree, and the Concord grape and hardy
kiwis do not produce much. On the other hand, my chestnuts,
jostaberries, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries and pears produce
without much care. One other thing I really love, and you can grow very
easily, is melons of all stripes (green, yellow, orange, cantaloupe,
charentais) and watermelons. The latter are easier than the former. you
still have more choice than most of us.
The farmer's grow fields and fields of all kinds of melons here. I have
a couple of blackberries, already started. Thinking about grapes.
HAven't decided where to put them as yet. The freeze got both my papaya
trees that were big enough to produce , last year. I am not fond of them
nor is my husband. We were always pawning them off on people. I love
growing things. I most likely will one day try that apple . But will
wait on a wetter year . Thanks so much for the thoughts and offer for
help. hugs, Kate
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