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Old 04-07-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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What kind of fruit trees and berry bushes do you have? I see fruits at farmers markets in the summer but not sure how local the fruit really is. Is this area (or the soil and weather conditions) ideal for fruit trees? If yes, what kind are the most successful? TIA!
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Actually you can grow most tree fruits here just fine. I've grown or am growing peaches, apricots, apples (mostly heirloom varieties), and persimmons. Historically Virginia is known for its apples and peaches. Keep in mind though the better apples will be aviable in early Autumn. All types of berries do well here too including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Also, grapes. Most of the fruit you see in the Farmers Markets around here is grown in VA, WV, or PA.

One of the world's leading authorities on heirloom apples lives here in VA. He's mentioned on this excellent site:

http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com/

Here's a site where you can find info. on orchards in this region

http://www.allaboutapples.com/orchard/wv.htm
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We have fig and blueberry bushes. The berries usually get eaten by deer, so I can't really tell you how good they might be. The deer seem to like them. We planted them because they do well near pine trees (pine trees can make soil too acidic for grass or a lot of other plants). Figs do really well here, but you might need to wrap them in burlap if heavy snows are predicted.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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We had a fig bush and strawberries as well. They produced fantastically! You have to pick them before the animals get to them. They def do well in the NOVA area!
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Nova
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We are just starting strawberries and a blueberry bush this year. We did strawberries in our old home and they grew like crazy here. Definitely have to shielf the berries from animals though.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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i planted blueberries - its a fenced TH backyard so deer wont be an issue, but a friend said I might lose the berries to birds
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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What kind of fruit trees and berry bushes do you have? I see fruits at farmers markets in the summer but not sure how local the fruit really is. Is this area (or the soil and weather conditions) ideal for fruit trees? If yes, what kind are the most successful? TIA!

there are pick your own farms in fauqier, loudon and elsewhere. We used to have a family tradition of going apple picking just before school started (which also handily was right before rosh hashanah, with its apples and honey). This past year DD was headed overseas on Sept 1, so picked peaches and blueberries (in August) instead.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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Great! DH bought me a blueberry bush for our TH backyard to try to convince me to stay in the area a few years, lol. I'm a softie for berries.. I thought figs grow in a tree? I was asking because the soil here seems to be mostly clay, at least on our backyard and wondered if fruit trees do well in this kind if soil. Glad to hear they do!
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Great! DH bought me a blueberry bush for our TH backyard to try to convince me to stay in the area a few years, lol. I'm a softie for berries.. I thought figs grow in a tree? I was asking because the soil here seems to be mostly clay, at least on our backyard and wondered if fruit trees do well in this kind if soil. Glad to hear they do!

Figs do grow in trees, and as a matter of fact we have a friend (in this area) who has a fig tree - I do NOT however recall her offering us figs, and I dont know if thats cause the tree doesnt fruit, or if she simply overlooked offering it in season.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I believe technically the fig is a bush. However, it's a big bush! There might be a tree, as well, but the ones I have are bushes. People plant them for erosion control as well as for the fruit, since the roots run very deep and several feet in all directions. Don't plant them too close to your foundation for the same reason.
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