Semi-dwarf on Viking rootstock.
- Zones: 8-9
- Chill hours: 300-400
- Bloom Time: Midseason to late midseason (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
- Harvest: September 20 - October 10
- Looks: Soft shell.
- Personality: Sweet, flavorful kernels.
- Facts of note: Low chill hours, good choice for milder climates. First choice almond for home orchards as the tree is a genetic dwarf and will only reach about 15' tall. Sets a heavy crop but a hot summer is required to ripen the crop. A very winter and frost hardy almond.
- Pollination: Self-fruitful.
Popular nut, primarily grown in California. One of the first blooming fruit or nut trees and therefore susceptible to late frosts. Heavy yielding trees that grow best on well-drained, fertile soil. Low water requirement. Susceptible to brown rot, shot hole fungus, and navel orange worm. Almonds store extremely well. The trees are 1 year old and can be expected to fruit in their 4th year. Semi-dwarf tree on Viking rootstock, grows to 15'-20' without pruning. Viking is a vigorous, precocious tree, with nematode resistance similar to Nemaguard, productive, increases fruit size, shows tolerance of wet soil conditions.
Almonds are subject to desiccation, especially the buds, and should be protected from the wind and drying out. Use a spiral tree guard to protect it from heat and sun damage.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.