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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 ...
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Can a dwarf fruit tree grow well with just morning sun?

I ordered a dwarf "Garden Prince" almond tree and a dwarf "Fuji" apple tree and I want to keep them in a container on my balcony. The balcony gets great sun in the morning, especially in the summer. I ...
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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 ...