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Identify insect eggs (Rosy Apple Aphid?)

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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How do I get rid of insects on fruit trees?

I have an infestation of aphids on my citrus and pomegranate trees. The bugs are being "farmed" by ants. I read they might actually be bringing the aphids to the trees. Is this at all a problem? Can ...
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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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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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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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How to strengthen a leggy pomegranate sapling?

I just received a Wonderful Pomegranate sapling in the mail. It is 18 inches tall. Its single trunk is so thin and tall that it can't stand up by itself. I believe the gardening vernacular to describe ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What preventative action should I take against Fruit Flies?

I am in Sydney, NSW, 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a lemon tree become an orange tree?

I feel stupid to ask this, as there are many posts on Google about this, and I can't tell, if people are writing these stories for fun or it is real. Some claim that if you have a many old lemon ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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Why do the leaves of my avocado tree have brown edges and spots?

I have inherited an avocado tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. It has been watered well, but its leaves look like something is wrong with it - they have brown edges. Perhaps it's ...
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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 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. ...