With so many types of fruit available to the home gardener, one might wonder how to care for them appropriately. No worries. The following information covers all aspects of growing and caring for fruit in the garden. You'll also fine tips on dealing with common problems associated with fruit cultivation. Read on to find these helpful tips and learn how to grow fruit with ease.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
If you want to grow some fruit trees and need some simple information about plant chill hours and why they’re important, click this article. We’ll attempt to break it down here in simple terms that are easy enough for anyone to understand.
Are you planning to add a privacy screen or row of hedges to your home landscape? Why not throw tradition out the window? Instead of a row of clipped boxwoods or tall arborvitae, try a sustainable, edible hedge. Click this article for more information.
Like anything else, stone fruit trees won’t produce fruit unless their flowers are pollinated. Usually, gardeners rely on insects, but if bees are hard to find in your neighborhood, you can take the matter into your own hands and pollinate stone fruits by hand. Learn more here.
It is very likely you’ve had stone fruit before and may not know it. You may even be growing stone fruit in your garden. Stone fruit comes from a stone fruit tree. Still not sure what a stone fruit is? Click the following article for more information on these types of fruit trees.
Although USDA hardiness zone maps are beneficial, experienced orchardists know they should not be considered final. Microclimates in orchards make a substantial difference and can even determine what trees you can grow or where trees will grow best. Learn more here.
Have you ever wondered as you bite into a fresh crisp apple how different varieties are created? There are many steps involved in creating the perfect apple, which is why pomology is so very important. What is pomology and what does a pomologist do? Find out here.
Many new berry cultivars have been developed into miniature fruit bushes. These mini fruiting bushes are perfect for container gardening, and yet the fruit they produce is full sized. Click here to learn about growing small fruit bearing shrubs and dwarf fruit bush care.
Pruning fruit trees in containers is generally a breeze when compared with pruning fruit trees in the orchard. If you are wondering how to prune a potted fruit tree, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s not difficult. Click here for tips on how and when to prune fruit trees in pots.
If you are just getting started with a home orchard, you may be very upset to see miniature apples, plums or other fruits scattered beneath your healthy trees in May and June. This is actually a common phenomenon called June fruit drop. Click here to learn more.
It is not uncommon to find lichen and moss on fruit trees. They may both be in evidence or just one or the other, but is it a problem? Click on the following article to find out and see what you can do about fruit tree moss or lichen on your plants.
Stone fruit grown in the home garden always seem to taste the sweetest because of the love and care we put into growing them. Unfortunately, these fruit trees can fall victim to several diseases like prune dwarf virus. Learn more about prune dwarf virus of stone fruit here.
Powdery mildew is a fungal infection that can affect a lot of different types of fruit trees and berry brambles. Be aware of this disease and know how to prevent and treat it before it ruins your fruit harvest. This article will provide additional information to help.
Some fruit trees are also more susceptible to crown or root rots than others. These plants may take on significant damage from just short periods of wet feet. Click on the following article to learn more about fruit trees that grow in wet conditions.
Many gardeners have trouble understanding fruit tree forms and how to achieve them, however. If you want to learn about the different forms for fruit trees, this article should help. We’ll also give you tips for pruning fruit trees.
What every gardener wants most from a fruit tree is fruit. But birds and insects and fruit tree diseases can ravage your crop. That?s why many gardeners have started growing fruit in bags. Why put bags on fruit? Click here for all the reasons for bagging fruit trees.
Orange rust is a very serious disease that can infect most types of brambles. If you see symptoms, you should take action right away, as the disease will stay for the rest of the plant?s life and spread to infect neighboring plants. Learn more in this article.
Raspberry horntail damage becomes most visible in early summer. What is a raspberry horntail? These wood wasps lay their eggs in caneberries, and the larvae burrow into the stem and eventually girdle it. Some tips on how to manage raspberry horntails follows.
Caneberries, or brambles, are fun and easy to grow and provide a great harvest of delicious summer fruit. But to manage your caneberries you need to know the difference between the primocanes and those that are called floricanes. This article will help with that.
Brambles are plants that belong to the same family as the rose, Rosaceae. The group is pretty diverse and the members are favorites of gardeners who enjoy growing and eating berries. But what are these plants exactly? Click here to learn more about bramble bushes.
Protecting your fruit from unwanted grazing usually becomes a priority, often by making a fruit cage. What?s a fruit cage? Click on the article that follows to find out how to make a fruit cage and about fruit cage uses in the garden.
Most fruits and vegetables need full sun for at least 8 hours per day in order to produce. How about fruits to grow in the shade? Are there fruiting plants for shade gardens? Surprisingly, yes. Learn about fruit bearing shade plants in this article.
Can you imagine having a row of fruit bearing trees as a natural fence? Today?s gardeners are incorporating more edibles into the landscape including making hedges out of fruit trees. Find out about making a hedge out of fruit trees and how close to plant fruit trees here.
A great idea for incorporating edible plants into the landscape is by using fruit trees as hedges. Growing fruit trees hedges has the added bonus of not only the tasty fruit, but will act as a privacy screen as well. Learn more in this article.
Quince tree leaf rust sounds like a disease that would create problems for quince trees in your garden. In fact, it is better known as a disease that attacks apples, pears and even hawthorn trees. If you want learn more about how to get rid of quince tree rust, click here.
So it you had a bumper crop of apples, peaches, pears, what have you. The question is what to do with all that surplus? Drying fruits and vegetables will allow you to extend the harvest. Find out how to dry fruit at home, as well as vegetables, here.
Have you ever thought how nice it would be to pop out into the garden and harvest a variety of fruit suitable for a refreshing fruit salad? A fruit themed garden is possible for almost anyone with some garden space. Learn more in this article.
What grows well with fruit? Companion planting with fruit trees isn?t only about planting a lot of pretty blooming plants in the orchard. This article contains some examples of good companions for fruit that should help get you started.
Controlling brown rot blossom blight begins with keeping the area clean and sanitary. This article provides information on brown rot blossom and twig blight and how to manage it. Click here to learn more.
Many gardeners wonder how to tell plum and cherry trees apart. While the blossoms do look somewhat similar, the differences between cherry and plum trees are easy to spot once you are familiar with them. This article will help with that.
Fruit trees are a great asset to any garden or landscape. They provide shade, flowers, a yearly harvest, and a great talking point. But they can also be very vulnerable to disease. Learn more about common fruit tree diseases in this article.
Leucostoma canker is a destructive fungal disease that affects fruits such as peaches, cherries apricots, plums, nectarines and apricot. It also affects several types of hardwood trees, including willow and aspen. Learn what to do about it here.
How far apart do you plant fruit trees? Proper spacing for fruit trees is of paramount importance, allowing them to attain maximum potential and giving easy access when harvesting. The following article discusses space requirements for fruit trees.
Did you know you can use fruit tree grease bands for insect control? If you want to know how to apply fruit tree grease bands or the ins and outs of using gel bands, simply click on the following article for additional information.
If not properly pruned and maintained over the years, fruit trees become overgrown and messy. Restoring old fruit trees is often possible with a lot of patience and a little know how. Find tips on how to rejuvenate old fruit trees in this article.
Backyard fruit trees are also a beautiful addition to the landscape. When you are thinking of growing fruit trees, think first about the space you have available and the climate in your region. Click here for other fruit tree garden ideas.
What is gummosis? If you have stone fruit trees, you?ll need to learn what causes gummosis disease. You?ll also want to learn about how to treat gummosis. Find out everything you need to know in this article.
You know how fruit salad has multiple types of fruit in it, right? If you don?t like one type of fruit, you can eat only the fruit chunks you love. Wouldn?t it be nice if there was a fruit salad tree? Well, there actually is. Learn more in this article.
For many fruit tree diseases, prevention is easier to accomplish and costs less than a cure. Just a few well-timed and well-chosen sprays can do a lot toward controlling fruit tree problems. Learn about winter treatment for fruit trees in this article.
If you have ever tried to eat a green banana, you probably noticed it was hard and not sweet. The producers of bananas pick them mature, but not yet ripe. This lengthens the shipping time. So what is fruiting maturity? Find out here.
We all know some of the most common types of fruit, but the actual botanical classification of fruits contain some surprises. So what are the different fruit types? What actually makes a fruit a fruit? This article will explain.
Not everyone has a large veggie garden plot. For this reason, you will find miniature and dwarf plants for the urban gardener. Did you know there are many bush vegetables too? What are bush vegetables and which ones work for a small garden? Learn more here.
Nearly all fruit trees require pollination in the form of either cross-pollination or self-pollination in order to produce fruit. If you have space for only one fruit tree, a cross-pollinating, self-fruitful tree is the answer. Learn more here.
Timing and method of fruit tree pruning can enhance the amount and quality of your crop. Proper pruning methods and timing is the key to bountiful crops and healthy trees. Read this article for some tips and techniques on fruit tree pruning.
Considering fruit tree winter protection may be crucial to the tree?s survival. A simple, effective and long-standing method of protection is burying fruit trees in winter?with snow or with mulch. This article will help.
Parthenocarpy in plants is a relatively unusual condition but it does occur in some of our most common fruit. What is parthenocarpy? Read this article to discover what causes parthenocarpy, or seedless fruit in plants.
In late winter, your fruit trees may be dormant but your chores in the yard aren't. Late winter and early spring means it's time to apply dormant oil. Learn more here in this article so you can get a jump on potential pest problems.
Hornets, yellow jackets, and all wasps are generally beneficial predatory insects. Unfortunately, wasps on fruit pose a bit of a danger, so keeping wasps away from fruit trees is important. Learn more here.
Fresh fruit from their own trees is the dream of many a gardener. So after all that hard work, the appearance of peach yellows disease can be devastating. Learn how to treat peach yellows in this article.
Fruit trees aren?t as carefree as you might like. Pests and disease often affect them. Spraying fruit trees is the best way to avoid problems, and this article will help with that. Click here to learn more.
If you?re suffering from splitting of stone fruits, then it is likely due to what is known as stone fruit pit split. So what is pit split and what causes it in the first place? Read here to learn more.
Birds can do so much damage to fruit trees, especially once the fruit ripens. There are plenty of things you can do to protect fruit trees from birds and this article will help. Click here to learn more.
Dwarf fruit trees do well in containers and make care of fruit trees easy. You can find dwarf varieties of almost any type of fruit tree, but citrus trees are the most common. This article has more information.