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Month: October 2018

POLLINATING FRUIT TREES

POLLINATING FRUIT TREES

FRUIT TREES – – – HOW TO INCREASE YOUR HARVEST The subject of pollinating fruit trees is seldom written about in PLAIN ENGLISH! And that is why many people bypass it. But there is no surer way to increase the size of your harvest, and […]

WHAT IS CROSS POLLINATION?

WHAT IS CROSS POLLINATION?

THE NEED FOR CROSS POLLINATION Many fruit trees require a tree of another variety that blooms at the same time to be planted nearby as a cross pollinator. Not all yards have room for this. I have found that the good old fashioned “Bartlett” Pear […]

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING?

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING?

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING? Fruit trees, just like other plants, have likes and dislikes. Whether requiring or preferring a certain diet or not being able to grow well if planted too near certain other plants, you must pay attention to these traits. Companion Planting means […]

USING FRUIT TREES AS ORNAMENTALS

USING FRUIT TREES AS ORNAMENTALS

GARDEN DESIGN Self-pollinating trees give you the option of planting them here and there around your property. For those of us who don’t care for garden whimsy and don’t have time to devote to the constant trimming that topiary requires, an artistically pruned dwarf fruit […]

GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK 101

GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK 101

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK It is good to call the nursery and inquire what type of rootstock a tree is grafted on to verify that it will not exceed its advertised mature height and width. The grafting rootstock that is used […]

DECIDING ON A PLANTING LOCATION

DECIDING ON A PLANTING LOCATION

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANTING LOCATION FOR YOUR FRUIT TREES Planting fruit trees in the right location is as important as choosing a variety that will survive in your area of the country. Growing your own fruit at home is a great family activity, but careful […]

PLANNING YOUR FRUIT ORCHARD

PLANNING YOUR FRUIT ORCHARD

WHAT SIZE FRUIT TREE SHOULD I PLANT? When planning your fruit orchard, ask yourself two questions: How high am I willing to climb to pick the fruit? How much pruning am I able to do on a tall tree before I have to hire professional […]

WHAT IS DROUGHT TOLERANCE?

WHAT IS DROUGHT TOLERANCE?

DROUGHT TOLERANCE Some trees and plants are very sensitive to temperature changes, from heat stress all the way up to brutal drought. Adequate watering is a chore you must be prepared to do if your chosen variety is very sensitive to this. Dehydration is often […]

IS YOUR TREE READY FOR WINTER?

IS YOUR TREE READY FOR WINTER?

WINTER PROTECTION Some people live right on the edge of a planting zone, and are close to being in the next zone further north. If you are uncertain if your plants or fruit trees will survive, steps can be taken. I planted blueberries, blackberries, and […]

WHAT IS A PLANTING ZONE?

WHAT IS A PLANTING ZONE?

WINTER HARDINESS ZONES Some plants and trees are hardier than others, being able to survive in the deep freeze of the north. The further north you live, the shorter the growing season will be. Much of the U.S.A. falls within Hardiness Zones 5, 6, 7, […]