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What is this white discoloration on my lemon tree dirt (picture)?

Below is a picture of one of my indoor lemon trees. They are all in self watering pots, and they drink ~3 litre of tap water per week. What concerns me is the white/orange stuff on the dirt. To the ...
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What is wrong with my apple trees?

This is on some of my apple trees, can someone help me? What is going on and how do I treat it. Thanks
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Why is my indoor lime tree growing fruit without pollination?

I'm growing a lime tree indoors. It's about 7 or 8 years old now and finally producing some flowers and also fruit. I just read a home guide from SFGate that manual pollination is required to grow ...
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Is there a danger to combining multiple fruit tree sprays in one sprayer?

I have a few very small apple and fig trees. I planted the apple trees last year and had a huge problem with bug completely defoliating them. I bought some 'Bonide Fruit Tree Spray' and started ...
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Are these insect eggs from Rosy Apple Aphids?

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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What is the radius of a red wriggler earthworm for worm tubes?

I'm researching putting a worm tube in my fruit-tree orchard as per this article but before I do so I'm trying to find out what radius the red wrigglers (the worm type I plan on using) will travel ...
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Why isn't my lemon tree bearing fruit?

My lemon tree used to bear lemons, but since my brother pruned the branches, there are no lemons growing. What did he do wrong? Did he cut too many branches, or is it something else?
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Should I prune or remove fruit before transplanting a citrus tree?

I have inherited a beautiful Mandarin tree that has spent quite some time in a pot. It has a lot of fruit on it that is ripening right now that will be ready for picking very soon. The tree has been ...
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Am I meeting the light requirements for indoor dwarf citrus trees?

I've recently purchased 3 dwarf citrus trees that we plan to keep indoors for ~9 months of the year. We are in zone 6 so we can only reliably move the trees to the porch for June, July and August with ...
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Is it too late to plant my avocado plant in soil?

I have had my avocado plant in water for 6 months now on my window sill and it has grown to be about 30cm. However the bottom leaves are hanging and have slight brown spots, the second set of leaves ...
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. They seem to be contracting some sort of illness - there's always one or two of them whose leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to correspond at all ...
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

If I graft a scion from one apple tree onto another mature tree, how long will it take for the graft to begin bearing fruit?
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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Do Pawpaws do well in common landscape settings in hardiness zones 6B?

I've seen wild pawpaw in VA, but never spent the time to investigate any special growing conditions. I'd love to plant them as an edge plant here in NY, but I've never seen them around here. I'm ...
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Why is my guava plant producing sour fruit?

My guava plant is producing sour fruit. Is this because of a nutrient deficiency or because of the type of plant? How can I grow sweet guava fruit?
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Can I graft a zone 10 tree's scion onto a zone 6 tree's rootstock?

I want to grow pomegranates outdoors in Souther Ontario (Canada), and I am wondering if this would be possible by grafting a pomegranate scion onto an apple rootstock. Does anyone know if this is ...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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Do ants eat scale on lime trees?

Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa When: Feb 2015 (summer in Southern Hemisphere) A couple of questions. First: Is this Scale in the first photo? If so, what type? If not what is it? Second: ...
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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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What is the best growing temperatures for an avocado plant?

I live in a very warm climate (Phoenix AZ) and I was wondering what the best growing conditions (temperatures) are for an avocado plant? Are the extreme heat summers here to much for an avocado? We ...
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Can I water indoor fruit trees with aquarium water?

I have kiwi, lemon, orange, mandarin and avocado trees, grown from seed from normal fruit which I have eaten. I also have an aquarium with turtle. I've treated aquarium water with ReptoSafe and ...
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Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

Just noticed this on a fig tree and these are everywhere. It's not just on the leaves but on the stems as well. Is this an ant colony on this fig tree, Or something else? This is my ...
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What are these red spots on my guava leaves?

I had purchased a guava tree (in vase) a month ago and from the beginning (some leaves had problems when I got the tree), some red spots or areas appeared on the leaves. After a while some of them ...
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How should I prune a common fig for best productivity?

Figs have a unique fruiting cycle, fruiting on old wood first, all at once, then on new wood for the rest of the season. What's the best pruning system for these, to maximize production? Is it best ...
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Can citrus tree health affect the seed count in the fruit?

I have a Clementine Orange which used to produce pleasant fruit that was lightly seeded. In the last few years, the number of seeds in each orange has increased dramatically. The tree has fallen to ...
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Source for apple variety information

I'm learning more about apples. Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size. Now ...
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How do I transplant a 20 year old Satsuma tree?

We have a very large Satsuma tree which is at least 20 years old and was a gift from my father. We are moving and want to transplant the tree. We are currently in Southeast Texas and we will be ...
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How can we salvage a poorly pruned mature pear tree? [closed]

I just had a company prune my mature pear tree yesterday. But I think they did it all wrong. I asked for the top to be trimmed down as much as possible and prune around power lines and over our ...
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Can I graft a branch of a sweet orange onto a sour orange tree to get sweet fruit?

I have two old citrus trees, one bears sweet navel-type oranges and the other has hundreds of impossibly sour, tiny oranges. Would it be possible to chop off a branch from the sweet tree and attach ...
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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I read a recommendation that espalier should be performed with trees grafted onto dwarf roots. What challenges or problems can I expect if I don't use a dwarf tree? If it makes a difference, I'm ...
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How do I treat and care for trees infested with borers?

One of my apple trees recently started to look like it's dying (leaves dying when they shouldn't, bark peeling, lack of fruit, new branches growing and then quickly dying). My neighbor looked at it ...
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How much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
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What's wrong with my mango plant?

about a two month ago, I planted my first mango plant. It was growing nicely and it looked gorgeous. Then week ago purple-red-brownish spots started to appear on the leaves (coincidence or not, only ...
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Flesh of Kishu is dry

I planted a seedless kishu mandarin at the beginning of the year and it's produced around 20 mandarins. I've just tried a couple and the flesh inside is very dry: desiccated. The skin still hasn't ...
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...
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Is there an enzyme/compound I can use to quickly rot fallen fruit?

I have two crabapple trees that drop crabapples down every year. They get awfully gooey and sticky and make walking through my yard barefoot a terrible ordeal. Is there some sort of enzyme or chemical ...
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Can you coppice a pear tree?

I've heard of coppicing apple trees, but if you coppice a pear tree, will it grow back (and does the variety matter)? This is with regard to standard-sized pear trees (without a different rootstock). ...
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May have planted my tree wrong… is it too late to dig it up and replant it?

I live in climate zone 7a in New Mexico, and I planted a pear tree in my backyard three days ago. Following the directions on the tag, I dug a hole twice the diameter and depth of the root ball and ...
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In graft hybridisation does a younger stock facilitate more extensive hybrid effects in the scion?

There are anecdotes and articles where one kind of tree fruit scion has been grafted to the stock of another kind, perhaps with an interstock, and properties like flavour and shape have been affected ...
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Should I pinch my blueberry bushes for the first year?

I know you're supposed to pinch strawberry plants for their first year. That way you have higher yields of strawberries the following years because the roots have been able to fully develop during ...
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What's wrong with my dwarf cherry tree's leaves?

I'm starting to see holes and some black spots on some leaves. Anyone know what this is and how I can treat this?
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How to secure my orange tree

As you can see in the picture, my Orange tree is developing plenty of beautiful looking oranges. Now, I'd really like to enjoy these oranges as soon as they ripe, so I have a few questions: ...
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Is there a close relative to citrus trees, which can grow in the northeast US?

I am interested in knowing what is a known close relative to citrus, that is known to grow in the northeast US, such as western New York. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Is it possible to graft together a self-pollinating cherry tree?

Earlier today I asked this question: How do you tell if a tree is male or female? because I've been looking into fruit trees and learning about what is needed for them to bear fruit. So based on this ...
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How do you tell if a tree is male or female?

I was reading through some of the questions on fruit trees, because I've been thinking about getting some blueberry bushes and cherry trees, and I see a lot of people mentioning that the trees don't ...
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Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

I know you can graft like trees to like trees, but my question is: Can I graft an orange tree to a northern hardy root stock like a peach tree, and have it still grow and maybe produce an orange or ...
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What is causing the rotting/brown spots on my plum fruit?

I inherited a plum tree in my garden. I haven't yet been able to get a healthy looking plum from it. All the plums that turn to a ripe purple colour seem to have the following problem - Can anyone ...
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How can I repair an apple espalier that broke off above the first lateral tier?

I have a Fiesta apple tree being trained as an espalier. I snapped the main stem, all growth in fact, above the first tier. The young tree is effectively now a T, a step-over. Will it form new shoots ...
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What is this unusual fruit seedling?

I planted some fruit seeds last year, but I cannot recall whether they were mangosteen, pomelo, pomegranate, plum or something else. I tried to compare the leaves of against some online images but I ...