UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


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Almonds on tree

How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Almond

Pest management: Almond, also see Plum Bud Gall Mite Fact Sheet

Nitrogen application: Video: Growing Almonds Sustainably

The Basics

When to plant: January–early February

Harvest window: August–October, depending on variety

Fertilization: Nitrogen in spring, additional applications based on tree age, health, and soil quality

Annual care overview:

  • Prune in early winter (December–January)
  • Ensure trees have constant moisture during winter rainy season; irrigate more deeply / less frequently (every 1–3 weeks) later in the year
  • Monitor and control for common pests & diseases, such as bacterial canker disease, peach twig borer, San Jose scale, and mite eggs

Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

Carmel, Mission, Nonpareil, Price

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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