How to Prune Fruit Trees

Many articles have been written on how to prune fruit trees or crops. Opinions as to the best methods of pruning are diverse and varied as the number of authors having produced them. However, if you look closely at fruit crop pruning, and follow some basic principles, it really is simple. In my opinion there are five key principles which…

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Just How Large is a Standard Tree Anyway?

When reading the descriptions of dwarf, semi-dwarf, dwarfing rootstocks, you come across statements like this, “produces a tree 50-60% of a standard.” Nice! Do you know how large a standard tree is? Most of us do not know. So, 50-60% of what? The following information will partially answer the question. Practically answer because different seeds are used to produce the…

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How to Plant a Fruit Tree

Many (close to 700) rootstocks were obtained at the Scion and Rootstock sale (2003). I hope all will be grafted. Once you have made your tree you will want to plant it. Here are some suggestions for planting your newly grafted tree. If your tree is bare root, soak in water for 12 to 24 hours. Trim damaged roots. 1….

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Fruit Vs. Shade

In my home orchard I have a shade problem. On the south side of my orchard, my neighbor’s trees provide more shade than fruit bearing trees can tolerate. The trees will grow but bear no fruit. You can draw a line across the back of my property (65′ by 75′), fruit on one side, none on the other. Those of…

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The Practice of Grafting

The practice of grafting is an ancient one. Theophrastus, the Greek plantsman credited as the founder of botany who died ca. 288 BC, described the joining of a root and branch, as distinguished from the rooting of cuttings, and catalogued the feasible combinations of fruit trees. It was he who demonstrated that not just any fruits could be joined with…

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Persimmons & Medlar

Is a Persimmon or Medlar in your future? Or have you thought them too exotic for your yard or possibly too difficult to grow? Well, neither situation is true and the HOS spring event holds the opportunity for this wonderful fruit adventure Some of you may have seen persimmons in the grocery store in the fall. Usually they have the…

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Mulch Your Fruit Trees!

Mulching is an easy way to cut down on water loss by plants and soil, as well as to slowly add nutrients back into the soil. Mulches come in organic and non-organic forms; and they affect soil acidity, water retention ability, and nutrient levels—all things that are important to good plant health. Healthy plants are best equipped to survive the…

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Potted Fruit Trees

A few years ago I was forced to start growing my apple trees in pots when I moved to an apartment. Although three of my trees are fruiting this year, most of them are only one year old grafts All my apple trees are grafted on M 27 or EMLA 27 rootstock I have not tried any other rootstocks such…

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