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Why isn't my lemon tree growing?

We planted a lemon tree five and a half years ago. Today it's about the exact same size as ever. I've tried using citrus fertilizer, but to no avail. We've had dry summers and wet summers, but ...
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How do I reduce the amount of fruit my pear tree produces?

I have a 10m peer tree that every year produces hundreds (thousands?) of small pears. Every year the pears are destroying the grass underneath, and require a lot of work to clean. Is there anything I ...
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How do I care for potted apple seedlings over the winter?

On a whim, this spring, I planted several apple seeds in a large pot just to see if they would grow. Two seedlings have come up and are very healthy looking, despite being munched by deer, and the ...
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Can I get rid of sap stains on my mulberry tree?

My mulberry tree was leaking sap earlier and it left ugly black stains down the trunk. The tree has deeply furrowed bark. Can I remove this?
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Is it possible to graft fruit/flowering trees onto a well established jacaranda tree?

I have a large jacaranda tree in my front yard (perhaps 30-50 yrs old). I recently pruned a few branches that were about 2" thick. You can see one fresh cut in the picture below and there are a few ...
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Why does my lime tree drop its fruit early?

I have a kumquat and a Mexican (or Key) lime tree in pots right next to each other. The kumquat has been flowing and fruiting like a champ nearly as long as I've owned it. The lime hasn't yet ...
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How do I care for grapefruit seedlings?

I got two tiny grapefruit seedlings for free and I don't know how to care for them. They are in very small pots and all the care they are getting is watering. They are 2" tall. I don't live in the ...
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What varieties of plum tree produce small green plums?

My mom thinks it's a Mirabelle plum tree (Prunus domestica), but those appear to produce orange plums. It's in southeastern Idaho, gets full sun from about 9 AM until sunset. What do you think? ...
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How do I care for a young fig tree?

I received a foot long rooted cutting of a fig tree that is hardy in zones 7-11. I have it in a clay base soil in the ground. It currently has two small leaves. I am completely ignorant of how to care ...
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How to prepare urea for orchard composting?

I've been told to follow up an infestation of apple scab by composting any leaf litter on the orchard floor to destroy spores. I plan to haul away most of the leaves to my garden composter but a 5% ...
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How to tell a nectarine tree from a peach tree?

Nectarines are actually peaches with an active recessive gene (e.g. similar genetics to red hair in humans). Commercial nectarines are cultivars with this gene. Although it is relatively rare, in ...
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What time of year to mulch/feed trees?

This answer recommends putting down a layer of compost mulch in the fall in order to slowly feed the tree. (In addition to the unmentioned weed control and moisture regulation.) It makes sense to me ...
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How should I prune this overgrown pear tree?

I have a pear tree, which is very zealous. Whatever it decides to do, it does in excess. First in the spring it sends out all sorts of new branches--all of them vertical. I snipped them off after they ...
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Will my avocado tree produce fruits in my non-tropical climate region?

I have successfully germinated an avocado seed and am now willing to bring it outside and plant it in the soil. I live on the coast in Northern Portugal, so we never get negative temperatures. ...
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Cherry sapling has wilted leaves, dried trunk; is it dying?

I've posted earlier about my diseased cherry seedling. Since then, all the leaves have wilted and curled to some amount and the trunk of the seedling itself looks like a dried stick. Is this ...
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How can I effectively grow plants from peach, nectarine or plum pits?

I have a few plum, nectarine, and peach pits from locally grown fruit and I'd like to try growing them, mostly indoors in pots. I'd also like to try one or two outside. What's the best way to go about ...
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Why are my apples rotting on the tree?

I recently bought a home that has an apple tree in the backyard. I don't know much about apples (or gardening in general for that matter) and I need help with a couple of things. I'd like some help ...
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What are some good plants to put in a guild built around plums/stone fruit?

I'm starting a small orchard of stone fruit trees -- just a few hundred square feet. I will be putting in plums next spring, and I'm thinking about what to plant between/around them. In the lingo of ...
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Cherry sapling has orange dots on its leaves and the tips are wilting. What could be wrong?

I recently planted a cherry tree sapling about two weeks ago. It's about a handspan high, and has four leaves. I noticed that it had orange spots on one of the leaves when I planted it. Click on ...
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How much should I mulch my cherry tree?

I just planted a cherry tree, and it has a light amount of mulching (mostly fragments of dried-up mulch). I'm not sure if I've mulched enough, or if I can (or should) mulch it more. Is there some ...
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How much should I water my cherry tree sapling?

My good friend's dad helped me plant a cherry tree sapling (about a handspan high) the other day (I don't know what kind). He brought over the rooted pot, dug the requisite 18-24cm depth, and ...
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Managing weeds around fruit trees

I have an elevated garden bed with some citrus trees. The problem is that the whole area is full of weeds (mostly a mix of crabgrass and dandelions) that are nearly as high as the fruit trees. Because ...
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Is there such a thing as a specifically indoor only orange/citrus tree?

I obtained an orange tree a few months ago and it always seems to have a lot of problems. Curling leaves, yellow leaves and dying leaves. I am not looking for suggestions as to why I have problems ...
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How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?

I have a victoria plum which I planted almost 3 years ago and hasn't produced any fruit. Last year (1st summer) it produced a small amount of blossom. This year it produced a lot of blossom but no ...
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How can I tell if my apples are ready to harvest?

I have a young apple tree (Spartan) with a small number of nice sized apples. How can I tell if they are ready to harvest?
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When should I plant out a peach sapling?

When is the best time to plant out a peach sapling? I have been trying my hand at growing cuttings from peach tree prunings, and eventually(*) have one that is almost big enough to plant out. I'll ...
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Why are my peach leaves turning orange?

During summer, the leaves on my peach tree turn an orange-green shade. Is this normal? Is this a response to heat stress, drought, or something else (e.g. mineral deficiency during high heat ...
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Why aren't my fruit/nut trees flowering?

I live in zone 8/9 in northern FL and I have the following fruit/nut trees: 2 Pecans 2 Meyor Lemons 2 Peach trees (uncertain of variety) 1 Black Mission fig Most of the trees have been planted for ...
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Is there a way to discourage plum trees from fruiting so heavily?

We have 9 mature plum (victoria I think) and a couple of damson trees in quite a small cottage garden. Our plums are very heavy croppers and really it's a frustrating fruit to have in such quantities. ...
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What causes black spots on my apples?

I've got an apple tree in the garden which has produced a good crop, but most of the apples are covered in black spots: What is this? It seems to be some sort of fungus, but what's the best way to ...
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Is there a dwarf nectarine tree that would be suitable for indoor/outdoor life?

I have an apartment in Brooklyn with a south-east facing deck. In the summer it gets a lot of light. Indoors, I also have lots of windows facing that direction. I'd like to get a nectarine tree ...
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Is it safe to eat fruits and vegetables planted in a pet cemetery?

Are there any safety concerns in eating fruit and veggies from plants that have been growing where dead pets have been buried? Not a full blown pet cemetery, but a small and intimate location in the ...
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Encouraging fig or similar into canopy: what to do with site of severed limbs?

This is a fig tree which has been pruned with a chainsaw down low and with normal secateurs up high. Down the bottom on the left you can see the nodule where a limb about 13cm (5 inches) in diameter ...
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What should I do with my Cherry trees?

I have a pair of large (roughly 30' tall I guess) cherry trees. They're mossy. They don't produce well (at least not for the 2 seasons we've had them for). What they do produce is so high that I can't ...
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How should I prune an overgrown peach tree?

I have just moved into a home with a peach tree that appears healthy, but overgrown; it has clearly not been pruned in many years (although I have cut out some of the branches that made it impossible ...
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Is my lemon tree dying?

I'm on my 2nd lemon tree. I live in Melbourne, Australia and lemon trees are the norm around here. I suspect my first one died as it outgrew its pot, which was half the size of this one. I'm ...
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Will my lime tree recover from cold shock?

This is my first attempt to grow something and it hasn't started off well. During the last winter, my Persian lime tree wasn't protected well enough from a cold front. All the leaves fell off, and the ...
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How to “correct” uneven trunk widths in a cherry tree?

I have a cherry tree that is about 2 years old. Strangely, the width of its trunk above the grafting joint is much thicker than that of the rootstock (mazzard) below and I have not seen such a ...
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How can we protect a fig tree's fruit from birds?

We have a fairly large and productive fig tree, but we never get to enjoy the fruit because the birds always get to it first. What can we do to take advantage of this tree before my wife makes me cut ...
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Is this beetle on my apricot tree a pest?

My apricot tree is infested with black and white beetles on the branches. They are 2-3 cm / 1 inch long. I can't find an identification on the web. There is no visible damage to the tree. Is this ...
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What is my citrus deficiency, based on leaf appearance? And how to treat?

In the images of my citrus below, you can see the leaves are paling towards the edges. What is the deficiency and how can I fix it? The soil is clay-dominated with some sand and coloured red, ...
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How and when to plant young grafted fruit tree?

Our backyard is in a Mediterranean climate (Adelaide plains, South Australia) and we've been gifted a young grafted apple tree which has its root ball still wrapped in plastic. It's about 1.3m (4ft) ...
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What is a good Plum tree that is self-fertile, disease-resistant and a heavy cropper?

I planted an Ouillins Gage tree some years ago and it died after an attack of bacterial canker, although two nearby apple trees, planted at the same time, were unaffected and are still thriving. I'm ...
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What is a good variety of pomegranate to grow in Pennsylvania (US Hardiness Zone 6b/7a)?

I'm in south-central Pennsylvania and I've heard of hardy varieties of pomegranates that will grow in zone 6b/7a. What are some of the hardiest varieties that folks have successfully grown and ...
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How do I prune a cherry tree to keep it short?

I've just planted a new cherry tree, and I would like to keep it short enough to be able to harvest the fruit with nothing more than a step ladder. Seeing as I've just planted it, I feel that I ...
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Paint dumping to kill tree stump, will it affect my nearby arborvitae or raspberries?

My neighbor must be advising her home painters to dump their leftover paint, for several days now, on a tree stump that she just last week said might need a pick axe to remove. This stump is along ...
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What's a hardy plum tree for prunes?

I'd like to plant a plum tree (or two, if I need to have two varieties for pollination). The goal would be to have some fruit for fresh eating, but there's only so many plums you can eat when they're ...
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Why has my peach tree stopped producing fruit?

I have a big peach tree in front of my house, the first 2 years I was here it bore fruit but the last couple summers it hasn't. Is there something I need to do to get it to bear fruit again? Edit: ...
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How do I know if a fertilizer treatment is burning my trees?

I started using fertilizer spikes on my dwarfed citrus trees in small pots. (Details may be found in this question.) As suggested, I used half a spike for each pot and I put the spike as far from ...
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How is an Avocado plant started?

I find ourselves buying one or two Avocados twice a week. It's one of these things that I've been wanting to do for a long time: grow an avacado plant. What is the ideal climate or exposure to ...