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Old 09-04-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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Think about sunlight, wind, natural water drainage patterns. Read up on pruning recommendations.
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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As above... know your micro climate (will vary within a mile)
Sun, Wind, Soils, temps, drainage...

As a commercial producer... it will be a lot more fun and economical to find an existing orchard and volunteer to help! (Do this BEFORE planting ANYTHING!!!) Save some grief. Join "Gleaners" ! Volunteer at a local arboretum.

My easiest and most dependable 'edible' landscape are some 80 Yr old Blueberries I transplanted 30 yrs ago. (not in Colorado, but they do grow well there) .

As with any flowering / blossom plant. Have plenty of varieties, as each yr will bring challenges to all. (early frost / hail, too wet, too dry, diseases...)
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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There's a reason commercial tree fruit groves aren't grown along the front range: wild temp swings; occasional neg 25 degrees nights; warm, dry chinook winds in winter; late spring frosts/snows. None are desirable for orchards.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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There's a reason commercial tree fruit groves aren't grown along the front range: wild temp swings; occasional neg 25 degrees nights; warm, dry chinook winds in winter; late spring frosts/snows. None are desirable for orchards.
I donít think OP was trying to do this commercially. As long as you go in with eyes open about the challenges/risks, there is no reason not to have a fruit tree or two in Colorado if you want one.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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A few fruit trees on a city lot for hobby purposes and personal consumption are hardly an orchard operation requiring huge amounts of research, layout, and maintenance. Granted, some areas of COS may be more conducive to growing than others parts, but in general, I'd say go for it. Don't expect to see any results for a few years though, so this is hardly an exercise for someone who will be moving often.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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There's a reason commercial tree fruit groves aren't grown along the front range: wild temp swings; occasional neg 25 degrees nights; warm, dry chinook winds in winter; late spring frosts/snows. None are desirable for orchards.
There are commercial apple orchards in Penrose, a town a few miles south of Colorado Springs. When I was a child we used to go down their to pick apples every fall.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:48 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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This year has been great for apples in Denver. They're everywhere! But as others have noted, it's hit or miss in Colorado. A late freeze can take them all out, and you'll get nothing. As Colorado Rambler noted, pests are a problem.

Raspberries do fine. I grow them successfully, along with strawberries.

I don't know that I'd recommend a peach tree in the Front Range, but you'll have your fill of Western Slope peaches from your local grocery at this time of year. We've been eating them non-stop.
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:50 AM
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Location: Denver
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I’ve grown nectarine, peach, cherry, apple and lemon trees here in Denver.

They don’t grow fast but they do not die and will bare fruit. Apples and cherries grow strong through.
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The biggest thing with gardening in general in CO is you want to get varieties of what ever you're planting that require the shortest growing season. That's the limiting factor, since our frost dates are so highly variable.

The apple farms in Penrose are still there, though they've been on hard times for quite a while. Most years the trees don't produce great harvests. The Front Range is just a marginal location where things will survive, but it's really hard to get things to thrive.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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I suspect that hail storms can clobber the daylights out of what's growing on fruit trees....
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