383 Year Old Pear Tree Alive and Well

Read about one of the first fruit trees planted by settlers in America: (external site) http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/first-fruit-tree-planted-america-still-alive-and-well-age-383.html

Short video featuring Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy

Orchard People is a Toronto-based organization that is traveling around North America gathering information and interviews with fruit tree-related groups. They came to the HOS Arboretum in March and took some video footage. Here is the first short clip: http://www.orchardpeople.com/506b-planting-green-manure-around-mature-fruit-trees/ tag: HOS arboretum video

Plant a Paw-Paw Patch

Many people have heard of paw-paws, especially from a children’s song. It is considered an exotic fruit, but I don’t think it should be. It is in fact the largest native North American fruit. They grow easily without diseases, bugs, or heavy predation from local animals. The fruit is extremely delicious. In fact, it is my favorite fruit. The main…

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Pruning Vocabulary

Each subject has it’s own vocabulary and pruning is no different from the others. The following is a list of terms used in pruning. You may wish to print these out or bookmark it for future reference. Have more questions about pruning? You can ask experts and other HOS members on the HOS Forums! Apical bud Terminal bud at the tips…

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Nylon Footies: Excellent Insect Barrier

The results are in; Nylon Footies are 100% effective against apple maggots & 96-98% effective against coddling moths. The environmentally effective way to protect your fruit without spraying is easy to apply. The key to the effective barrier is time of application. Nylon Footies must be applied BEFORE the codling moth emerges in early spring. Apple maggot fruit fly emerges…

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Bitter Pit: Cause and Control

At this year’s All About Fruit Show, many home growers had bitter pit problems in apples and Asian pears. Bitter pit can affect all apple and Asian pear varieties but some are more prone than others. The main cause is a mineral imbalance, low levels of calcium. A Little Information on Calcium: Even if calcium is present in the soil,…

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Scoring and Notching: A Method in Tree Training

Scoring is the technique of cutting into the bark of a young tree. By cutting into the bark, to the cambium layer, which is just below the bark and before the wood (xylem) disrupts hormone and photosynthate flow. Use a dull knife to cut and bruise the bark in a semicircle around the trunk or branch. For a more dramatic…

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Budding: What to do Before and After

Every year HOS holds a budding workshop at the HOS Arboretum. HOS members will demonstrate how to bud and rootstocks will be available for sale. Virtually all fruit trees and many flowering shrubs can be budded, but the stone fruits, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, etc., are best budding rather than using other grafting methods. The following are suggestions for gathering bud-wood,…

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