What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

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Rhyso
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What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

Hi everyone.

Just joined the forum, and just purchased land in Karamea on the south terrace.

Based overseas for now, we will be coming in September to begin development of the property.

After clearing a drive, building site and yard, we would like to put some fruit trees in.

Wondering what the most common do's and don't's of Karamea are in relation to fruit trees etc..

There are some obvious ones from observation and research, like kiwi fruit, tamarillos and feijoas that do well there.

Are there any fruit or nut trees to avoid in that climate?

I know Karamea has a particularly good climate for growing food but not all plants have the same requirements...

I want to plant the trees that grow the best/most reliably there first as we will not be living there for the next couple of years, but would like them to be more established when we do...

The more difficult/temperamental ones we can establish later when we are there full time.

Thanks for any advice.

Cheers,

Rhys

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Re: What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

Hi Rhys

Welcome to Karamea (and the website) There are plenty of people here with (sometimes generations old) good info on which trees work. The overall rule seems to be that stone fruit is trickiest due to lack of chill hours in winter but even then it varies from place to place around the district. Feijoas grow like weeds! And I know people grow a lot of blueberries up on the Terrace due to the naturally acidic soil. Sandy at Karamea Hardware is very helpful and knowledgeable and stocks a good range of trrees and Dulcie at the info centre (5th generation Karamean?!) knows more about heritage varieties than most people ever will. A couple of years ago we had a 'food resilience' workshop hosted by a lady from the Tui Community over in Golden Bay. Lots of good ideas came out of it but follow-up kinda petered out. Get in touch when you're here next and we can exchange some ideas and maybe organise a 'garden group' of some kind to share all the knowledge which is accumulated among our long-term residents and accumulating among us newer arrivals. Cheers, Tim

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Re: What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

Hi Tim,

That is all great information, thank you!

It is great that there are trees avaiable locally, I wonder what variaties? 

I was planning on bringing some from CHCH where we fly into. It would be better for the community and our ease, to get them when we are there if the pricing is good.

We are only going to be around for a couple of weeks this year, so not too much time but will definately look into those sources while we are there too.

blueberries, yum!



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Re: What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

Hi. People are growing black passionfruit, tamarilloes and feijoas outside commercially, as well as tomatoes in a very large tunnelhouse operation. At home we have a range of heritage apple trees and also grow plums, pears, nectarines, and nashi. We find citrus difficult for some reason, but lots of others are fine with citrus. We have eaten a few avocadoes off our trees and others grow them successfully too, though only just. We don't have much in the way of nut trees at home except some hazels, but too wet for walnuts.

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Re: What fruit and nut trees to plant in Karamea.

Hi Rhys,

Sandy at the Karamea Hardware Store has a pretty good array of fruit trees, all of which are likely to do well here. She gets them in from Waimea Nursury in Nelson and gets a trade deal that enables her to sell them on for a reasonable price. 

From my experience, you'll be able to grow whatever you like here....as Tim mentioned, he and I live close to the coast and don't get frost, but up on the South Terrace, you might. We are successfully growing stone and pome fruits, a several different nut trees including, walnuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pine nuts, lots of berries, fejoas, tamarillos, avacadoes and even bananas!

Each location in Karamea has different atttributes and local soil and climate variations that need to be considered when planning your orchard. There are a lot of people here who might offer good advice should you choose to seek it. Welcome to Karamea and all the best for your gardening project.

Cheers,

Paul.

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