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Should I pinch early pear blossoms to encourage stronger tree and better season?

I have a young pear tree that has several varieties of pears grafted on it. It is starting to blossom. Should I pinch these early blossoms? Will the tree divert resources to making more leaves and ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...
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How well would mediterranean plants/trees grow in a greenhouse in northern Europe?

This is the situation: I live quite far up north (Trondheim, Norway), and wish to achieve greater diversity in yield from the garden. Although the climate is not as tough as the position would suggest ...
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How do I prune an apple tree so it will grow short?

I was just wondering, is it possible to prune an apple tree so that it will grow short? I just would appreciate not to have to get a ladder or anything to be able to get fruit. Is it possible and a ...
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What is the right way to prune a mulberry tree?

I've planted a dormant bareroot 2' tall mulberry seedling, and I'm wondering what sort of pruning is required. It's a full size tree, not any sort of dwarf variety. It has several branches already. ...
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Placing nitrogen fixers around established trees?

I have several young (1-4 years old) fruit trees and am considering planting nitrogen fixers around/underneath: white clover (ground cover) lupine (herb layer) siberian pea shrub (shrub layer) It ...
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How can I get lemon trees to bear fruit?

I have a couple of lemon trees (small plants really) in my garden. But they seem to grow at an awfully slow pace.They are about 2 years old & about 3/4 ft in height. I have seen pictures of lemon ...
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Brown turkey fig dormancy time

We picked up a brown turkey fig tree last summer. We plan in keeping it in a large pot rather then in the ground. We have a small space and understand they have a good sized root system. Plus we live ...
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Fig tree mystery worm problem

A friend has a fig tree which seems to be the target of a worm. As far as I can see the leaves and fruit do not have any bite marks or worms/insects inside them, but the fruit born was less this year, ...
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When to Plant Avocado

My avocado tree is about 4" tall now with big bright green leaves. It is still suspended in water. I've read that I should wait for my seedling to reach 6" in height, cut the leaves off, wait for them ...
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What's eating my Peaches?

Several of my peaches have this crystalised goop on the outside, as seen in the first picture. Cutting the peach open reveals some kind of bug trail. The hole the bug made is full of the sticky ...
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How do I prevent parrots from snacking on my fruit trees?

I live in a neighborhood in California that has a number of parrots that, presumably, escaped from captivity sometime ago and have since multiplied in number. They are all the same kind of parrot, ...
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What preventative action should I take against Fruit Fly?

I am in Sydney, Australia. This coming (arrived?) summer I have several fruit trees which will be bearing fruit for the first time. This includes a peach tree and nectarine (both of which already have ...
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Please help me ID this apple or apple-like bush/tree in my yard - Small green apple with no stem and thorns

I have lived in this house for many years. I have always had a bush behind the shed that I couldn't identify. I always knew it was green most of the year and that it had thorns but that was about ...
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Help identify peach tree

I have a sadly neglected peach tree that with some spraying and pruning might continue to produce for a few more years. It has excellent peaches, and when the time comes, I'd like to replace it with ...
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Can a raised vegetable garden co-exist with nearby fruit trees?

I am putting in new raised beds for a vegetable garden. The beds will be 40cm (16 inches) high. The beds will line the length of a fence and I am planning to put a row of fruit trees (possibly ...
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Can I grow coffee outside of tropical climate zones?

Sure enough, botanical gardens do grow, for instance, Coffea arabica in hothouses, and, according to Wikipedia, its growth conditions do not seem impossible to achieve in a European or Northern ...
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Advice on growing Naranjilla (Solanum quitonense)?

I have been trying to transform a previously ornamental garden into a productive but still attractive one. I've used citrus and guavas for hedging, lemongrass for borders etc. One final niche I'm ...
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How long can I keep a Mulberry tree in a large pot without stunting it?

I have a mulberry tree growing in a large pot, about 30-40 litres (about 40-50cm diameter, same depth). How long will it be fine in that size pot, or is it good forever and will just be stunted?
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Grafting compatibility

I have a fairly small yard, in which I've got a well-established (no idea of the age) mirabelle plum tree, and 3 young trees that I bought last year (malus apple, conference pear, ...
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What else (if anything) can I support in the same pot with my lime trees?

I have two lime trees in pots, because I need to bring them indoors during the winter. Additionally, we recently found that keeping mint in our lawn garden was a bad idea, since it spreads so ...
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Why are my lemons cracking?

My lemons are cracking as shown in below image: What can be causing this and how can I prevent this in the future? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days.
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For fruit trees, is it better to plant a single multigrafted tree, or multiple trees in one hole?

In fruit tree catalogs, I've seen multi-grafted or multi-budded trees. Here's an example. And I've also heard of a technique where you plant 3 or more trees in the same hole. Here's a youtube video ...
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How much should I be watering my peach, pear and plum trees?

I have one tree of each of the following: peach, plum and pear. They have been in the ground for less than a year. How many (gallons per week) should I be watering each tree? I'm in coastal ...
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Please suggest an apple variety that will grow well in Long Island NY without pesticides

I am planning on planting 3 to 5 apple trees for eating, baking and cider. My wife keeps telling me to get some heirloom varieties but I am not sure which ones and where to get them. I am looking ...
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Can I espalier a regular black cherry tree starting with 1" trunk, 6' tall?

The espaliers at my local tree nursery are grafted and already started, so they'll stay short and espalier like. But can I just do this with these two cherry trees? I really don't care if they're ...
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Are my orange tree's yellowing leaves a sign of underwatering?

I have a mature orange tree in my back yard and I've noticed that the lower leaves at the extremity of have started to to yellow over the last couple of months. Is this a sign of overwatering? ...
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Trimming back a Meyer Lemon tree

I have a Meyer Lemon tree that I brought inside for the winter and am now ready to bring outside. The problem is that there's no good place inside where it would get 100% sunlight, instead only part ...
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Will peach leaf curl affect my fruit?

My peach trees have peach leaf curl. (Spring came too fast this year, I wasn't prepared, and I didn't get a chance to spray.) They're still young/small trees (10' tall), but they've got a bit of ...
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Are there trees with edible fruit from the family Mimosaceae?

I am looking to graft (I hope this is the right word) some fruit on top of an "Acacia saligna". Can this be done? What fruit tree types would be suitable for this? The temperatures where I live ...
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What is causing the bark on my crabapple to crack and peel off?

I have a flowering crabapple in my yard whose bark has several large areas where it cracks and curls away from the wood underneath: Hover over any image for description / click for full size I ...
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How long until the fireblight is gone?

Our fruiting quince tree has fireblight. We've been trying to control it by pruning, but it's not working. We're going to have to take out the tree. I can't buy quince fruit, so I want a quince ...
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What is this tree with green spherical fruit?

I have searched everywhere and cannot seem to identify the type of tree this is.
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Is my dwarf orange tree too young to bear fruit?

I planted a dwarf orange this winter. It came from the nursery with oranges already on it. They are still green, and one split through the skin so I cut it off. Should I leave the rest on? Or ...
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What is this disease on my peach leaf? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the problem/disease that causes bobbly peach tree leaves? As I was spraying my peaches, I found this ugly pink puffing on my peach leaves. What is it and how do ...
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How can I tell if frost damage has happened?

This is a follow up to Protect flowering fruit trees from frost Background: We have several fruit trees in our back yard. They are in full bloom at the moment. It was supposed to be pretty cold ...
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Protect flowering fruit trees from frost [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I need to protect a fruit tree from cold, and how do I do it? We have several cherry trees and an apple tree in our back yard. Due to the very warm March we had ...
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Why is my pear tree dying around the blossoms?

Shortly after the blossoms fell on my pear, areas around the blossoms started to turn black and die. This is spreading. Although the dead areas tend to be on the end of the branches, there are ...
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Can I plant bulbs (e.g. tulips) under a lemon tree?

I've just been given some tulip bulbs, and pondering where to put them. I have space near a lemon tree that I have just planted. I have read that lemons have shallow roots, so you shouldn't plant ...
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Does spraying water on fruit trees after a frost help?

I have about 12 fruit trees (one pear, three peach and the rest are apple). We had an early warm spell which kicked the trees into high gear and they started to blossom. Unfortunately, we had 2 ...
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When do I need to protect a fruit tree from cold, and how do I do it?

The last couple of weeks we had unusually warm weather in the Northeast -- several days had record warm temperatures. My pair of (two-year-old, 8' high) peach trees have buds earlier than usual. If it ...
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Options for an edible privacy “fence”?

I live on a corner lot, with neighbors' fencing on two sides of my back yard, the house on a third, and an open street on the fourth. Rather than installing a fence myself, to provide privacy in the ...
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Can I grow a dwarf avocado tree in my climate?

I'm looking into getting some potted plants since I have a patio at my apartment; one plant I'm interested in is the avocado. However, I live in northeastern Ohio. It looks like bacon avocado trees ...
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What kinds of miniature fruit shrubs/trees can be grown in a reasonably sized container?

I once saw advertised in a catalog a miniature blueberry bush, that could spend its whole life in a container and grow to maturity. Are there any other fruit plants that can exist their whole life in ...
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How do you transition a guava from a yard in Florida to a pot in Boston?

My father, who lives in Florida, recently gave me a guava that was growing in his back yard. He potted it with soil from the ground and tossed in into the back of my van to bring home to Boston. ...
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Is morning, afternoon or in-between sun the best for fruit trees?

I have a clear 100 foot north-south swath through a wooded lot. If I plant fruit trees (apples, peaches, plums, pears) would it be best to put them on the east side (shaded in the morning) or the ...
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What is the problem/disease that causes bobbly peach tree leaves?

What is the likely cause of the bobbly forms on the leaves of a peach tree? Does it matter or is it just some natural anomaly that doesn't affect the tree's health? If is it a concern how can it be ...
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What fruit tree grows well in an area with variable sunlight in San Jose, CA?

I live in San Jose, CA and have a 6 feet wide by 40 feet long strip of land running from SE to NW. At the SE end it is flanked by an established oak tree which would delay the morning sun to the first ...
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Why are my persimmons black beneath the hull?

My mother's persimmon tree is producing fruit that tastes good, but the area at the top beneath the leaves (the hull/calyx) is black. The local nursery suggested the fruit may be getting too much ...
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What is this tree with dark, broad leaves?

Well, the new house has a mystery tree. Our initial guess was some form of a broad leaved ligustrum. It appears to be evergreen - no leaves have been lost yet although the neighboring peaches have ...