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Growing Fruit in Alaska

Posted by on May 8, 2015

I finished my Alaska Master Gardeners course today, about… one hour ago. It was such a great class and I learned so much! I now get to do 40 hours of volunteer work in the community to officially become an “Alaskan Master Gardener.”

One if the biggest advantages I got from this class was the quite extensive list of varieties of fruits, veggies, and berries grown best in all the different areas of Alaska. Growing fruit in Alaska has quite a few difficulties. I’ve known so many people who have been told a certain fruit will grown here in AK, but once they tried, the tree died, and they gave up on that fruit. I now know it may be just because they tried the wrong variety of that fruit plant.

Growing Fruit in Alaska - IdlewildAlaska

Because of this list, the hubby and I now have an even longer list of fruits, veggies, and berries that we want to add to the homestead, even some stuff I never dreamed we could grow up here. I’m so excited!

Here in south central Alaska (in my neck of the woods at least), we are typically considered to be in Zone 4a. Which is partially true. Our temperatures do get down -30F on occasion, but often times the gardening zones don’t take into consideration just how LONG our winters are. Many fruits and berries can handle sub-freezing and even sub-zero temperatures, but not for long periods. This is where varieties often come into play.

Alaskan Raspberries - IdlewildAlaska

Our long list of fruit trees and berries we’re planning on adding to the Homestead include:

Yellow Transparent and Norland apple trees

Golden Spice or Harrow Delight pear trees

Northstar sour cherry tree

Canby, Indian Summer, Latham, or Summit raspberries

Matared, Skwentna, and Toklat strawberries

Northcountry, Northsky, or Northblue blueberries

Crandall black currents and Holland Longbunch red currants

Poorman or Lepaa Red gooseberry

Ananasnaya “Anna” kiwifruit (Yes, kiwi in Alaska!)

 

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I’m loving my new job at a local farm. It’s been a LOT of hard work, but I love how much I’m learning, all the exercise, and being outside! I’m very ready to get our garden and orchard more self-sufficient! For more fruit, berry, and veggie varieties for growing in Zone 4 and colder, check out Alaska Gardening Guide or Sustainable Gardening: The Alaska Master Gardener Manual.

Alaskan Gardening - IdlewildAlaska

 


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3 Responses to Growing Fruit in Alaska

  1. Anna @ NorthernHomestead

    How exciting! We just picked up 5 trees from an orchard and hobby tree nursery north of us, today. It was so interesting to see how many trees he grows in our Zone 3. Apples, plums and even apricots. Your “Anna” kiwifruit sounds very interesting ;). We planted some kiwifruit last year, but it did not survive the winter, even though this year it didn’t even get to -40 like most other years.

  2. Mary Anne's Alaska

    Fun! Is that kiwifruit variety the same as or similar to the kiwi berry? Sam’s Club sold them once here in Anchorage, and my landlords have some sort of kiwi fruit here on the property. Guess I’ll have to wait til later this summer to see if it’s the kind you mentioned! I’ll bet it is!

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