These new Ukrainian varieties of almonds bloom at the same time as peach trees, escaping damage by late frosts. Gardeners in many northern regions of the US are now able to grow this delicious nut tree successfully.
Almonds are small, attractive, upright trees, growing 10-12 feet tall and prized for their profuse, pinkish-white, fragrant flowers. While self-fertile, we highly recommend planting 2 varieties for best crops. Both varieties are late blooming and paired for optimizing yields. These trees prefer a setting with at least 1/2 day of sun and well-drained soil. Hardy to -20°F.
PRIMA: This earlier maturing variety is hardy and dependably bears good yields of sweet, soft-shelled nuts.
NIKITA'S PRIDE: Later maturing than Prima, bears good crops of high quality, large, soft-shelled almonds.
Bare root almonds are shipped at the end of March/beginning of April. Order early for best availability. Plants are 1–2 feet tall when shipped. Detailed planting information and growing instructions are included with each order. Not available to Hawaii, US Territoritories, or Canada.
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Initial Instructions: Prior to planting the bare root tree, soak its roots in water for 2-3 hours. Position the plant so the original soil line on the trunk of the plant is at the soil level of the hole. Backfill the hole, firm the soil, and water well. Inspect the tree for any weak or damaged branches and prune them back.
Cultivation: Make sure the soil around the roots stays evenly moist for several weeks after planting. During the first growing season don't let the soil dry out. Periodic deep waterings during the growing season will help your tree grow strong and be less susceptible to drought. Be careful to keep the soil from becoming soggy. A layer of mulch around the trunk of the tree will protect the roots, suppress competitive weeds and conserve water. Avoid piling the mulch up against the base of the plant; leave an inch or so of space around the trunk clear of mulch. To encourage the tree to become established, remove any blossoms that may appear during the first season. During the first dormant season, select 3 strong limbs that are between 2-4 feet off the ground, and remove all but these branches. This will be the foundation framework for the tree. To prune during subsequent dormant seasons, cut damaged, weak or dead limbs, and shape tree as needed.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 feet tall
Spacing: 12-15 feet apart
Pollination: Almonds are partially self-fertile, but we recommend planting 2 different varieties for cross-pollination and higher yields.
Pests & Diseases: Generally not bothered by pests. Our almond trees are very resistant to damage by bacterial canker, which can affect other stone fruits such as plums, cherries, and peaches.
Soil Type: Well-drained
Light Requirements: 1/2 day to full sun
Hardiness: -20° F or below
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 20+ pounds
USDA Zone: 5