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How to create a sapling from a figtree

I found some instructions on how to create fig saplings. But I didn't pull it off. ( Only little soon to be root stubs) They all state, cut a branch with at least 2 twigs. Remove all foliage and put ...
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Why would one plant two olive trees right next to each other?

I just bought "an" olive tree and, to my surprise, it had two trunks that obviously belonged to two different plants planted right next to each other. Looking around the shop, this appears to be ...
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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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Citrus fruit stopped growing, what to do

We have a 4 year old dwarf lemon tree. It has never flowered until this year. Many flowers and a lot of fruit, however the fruit seems to have stopped growing and has been stagnant for 3 weeks. We ...
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Fast growing trees for shade & fruits in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan

I am presently in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan bordering Punjab & Rajasthan. I want to grow a miniature forest in my backyard, I request to suggest fast growing trees for shade & fruits. I have ...
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Why did my fig tree stop making fruit?

Six years ago I planted a fig tree that was given to me. I was told it was a "dwarf" fig but there has never been anything dwarf about it. Within a couple of years of planting the tree it began ...
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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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How many years does it take for a Quince to fruit?

I'm considering getting a Quince (Cydonia Oblonga) tree for my dad for father's day in zone 4A, and was wondering how long after planting it would start producing fruit.
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Lemon tree leaf deformation

My lemon tree leaves are deformed and some have holes (see pictures). Any idea what is causing it, and how I can stop it?
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Part of fruit cocktail tree has died

I have a fruit cocktail tree that I planted on 1 June 2013, around 9 to 10 weeks ago, and one of the 3 grafted branches appears to have died. The tree originated from Dave Wilson Nursery. Here is an ...
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Question on my Bradford Pear Tree

We have 2 Bradford Pear trees out front. This spring the one on the right was full of blooms, the left one was very scarce of blooms, the right tree is full of leaves, the left one is almost bare. We ...
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What is this bush/tree that has clumps of little green berries but also sometimes apples?

I've lived in my house many years and have always enjoyed this bush/tree plant in the front that looks a lot like an apple tree (blossoms, leaves). It has clumps of little green berries (I'm sure not ...
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What are some of the best fast-growing trees for both shade and fruit/nuts?

I want to grow a bunch of trees in my garden for shade. Which trees will grow fast and are also useful for fruits or nuts?. By the way, I am in South India - Chennai (Madras)
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What type of caterpillar is black with a white arrow on its back?

I was out looking at the apple tree today to see if I have any fruit forming yet. not this year it seems, but then I find a caterpillar sitting on a leaf, and it looks like it's floating on it. What ...
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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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Is my tree diseased? Can I cure it?

I have a two-year-old apricot tree about six feet tall growing in a salvaged water tank. Many if not most of the leaves have one or more of little "blisters" on their stalks, as shown below (each ...
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How fast do paw paw trees sucker up?

A pawpaw tree sounds amazing, so I'm considering growing some. is that a bad idea for a small yard?
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How do I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya tree?

I know how to recognize males and females (based on flowers), but how can I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya?
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Do I need to cover up Dwarf Fig trees in the winter time?

I read that a dwarf fig can grow in zone 4 (jujube figs can't grow there), so I was wondering if I can grow dwarf fig trees in my zone well. What made me wonder is "Root is hardy anywhere, but the top ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

I have some multi-varietal fruit trees (primarily apples and pears) that are starting to fruit in bunches of 3-4 per cluster. I am debating whether I should thin these clusters to 1-2 fruits (breaks ...
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Why do the leaves on my black fig tree have white patches?

I bought a fig tree from a local DIY store. It has started developing these white patches. Does anybody know what they indicate?
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How do apple trees grow?

I have a young (3 year old) apple tree growing against a wall about 5 feet high. One branch is growing towards the wall and would be perfectly placed to go over the wall except it's about a foot too ...
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How do I treat a wound where a branch broke off my apple tree?

One of the secondary branches on my apple tree broke just where it joins the main branch: The branch is now hanging by just a little strip of wood and bark: Click any photo for full size I ...
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I accidentally froze my papaya seeds, how will it affect them?

I scooped out a bunch of seeds from a fresh papaya (a very good one, seems like prime genetic material). I didn't have time to clean them right away, so I put them in the fridge to prevent the pieces ...
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Is it a big deal if the upper parts of papaya roots are exposed like this?

Water washes away the soil around papaya roots, leaving their upper parts partly exposed, like this: Close up: The tree in the photos is the most serious example I have. Yet it seems perfectly ...
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What are these evergreen berries/fruits?

We see these berries or fruits often in the Houston area, Texas. It looks evergreen, not sure if it's citrus.
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Can I start a fruit orchard where cedars used to grow?

Looks like I have about 2 acres of cedar trees on a southwest facing slope. If I clear all this land and open it up can I start an orchard (apple and cherry) on it right away or will I need to do ...
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Will peaches on a sapling grow into mature fruit?

I planted this peach sapling in mid April in Western New York: It's about 3 and a half feet tall. It's planted in an area that yields about 8 hours a day of direct sunlight and we have been ...
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What is this pest attacking an avocado tree?

I have a budding avocado tree* that is infested with these weird spiderweb-like things all over. I can not see an actual animal that is causing this. I've treated it with soap water and alcohol and ...
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How to identify Amelanchier species

I am going to take cuttings from an Amelanchier tree this spring. I would like to know what differentiates the various species (height, leaf shape, bark, etc.) in order to identify it. The tree is ...
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Does pruning a plum tree to maintain its size and shape prevent it from fruiting?

I have a plum tree that is around six years old (possibly a year or two older - I forget exactly when I got it). I'm very keen that the tree not get so big that I have to use a ladder to pick the ...
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Why isn't my Victoria Plum tree fruiting?

I planted a Victoria Plum tree 3 years ago, but haven't had any fruit yet. It had quite a bit of blossoms last year, but no fruit, and very few blossoms this year. Any advice please.
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What causes yellow curling leaves and black bark on an apricot tree?

I have an apricot tree. It was neglected a few years, and then in the last few years I've been trying to prune it. It has never given fruit. Now its leaves have turned yellow and curled, and the bark ...
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What would cause branches in the middle of a pear tree to die?

I had a really nice pear tree. Last year I saw a dead branch in the middle of the tree so I cut it. But this year there are a lot of dead branches in the middle of the tree. I'm afraid I'm doing to ...
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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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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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Is it really beneficial to put papaya seeds in the sun for a few minutes before planting?

My friend tells me I should place papaya seeds in direct sunlight for about 20 minutes just before putting them into the soil. She says this will be beneficial to germination, among other things. Is ...
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Fertilizing multi-variety fruit trees

I have a few fruit trees (apple, pears, oranges, grapes) and need to fertilize them. What is the best way to fertilize them? I am planning to use a mix of chicken manure and horse manure. Do I need ...
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Will these varieties of mulberry survive the UK climate?

I recently became aware of two varities of mulberries with very long fruit which are supposed to be very tasty. They are known as Taiwan and Pakistan mulberries. I can't seem to find much information ...
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Taking care of grape vines

I have a few grape vines that are growing out of control. I would like to prune them back but don't want to sacrifice fruit for this season. Any ideas of what I should do?
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How much sun do peaches need to fruit?

How much sun do standard peach trees (pruned short) need in order to set fruit, if they have plenty of heat? These particular peaches are seed-grown (so probably not exactly like the parent, which I ...
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What fruit trees requires the most water?

I just moved into a home (zone 5) and there's a small part of our backyard that is often wet from how the water flows with the surrounding homes. Are there any fruit trees that consume more water ...
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Spacing for semi dwarf cherry trees?

I have 2 semi dwarf cherry trees. One is a Rynbrandt and the other is a Blackyork. I've looked for information online about how far to space them and can't find a thing. My tags don't tell me either. ...
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What should I do to papaya seeds prior to planting?

I get my papaya seeds straight out of fruits. Usually, each seed has this slimy, transparent membrane around it. Should I remove that before planting them? And, whether yes or no, why? I've heard ...
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Is it good or bad to have mushrooms growing in the soil of my fruit tree?

As you can see I have mushrooms in my soil. Are they bad? Are they going to cause root rot in my plants? Also, are the mushrooms infectious through the air? It's my testing soil. I plant different ...
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How many trees are needed to attract birds as significant pests?

If I grew a bunch of large fruit trees of a sort very, very desirable to birds (robins, mockingbirds, etc.), out in the middle of nowhere where few birds had previously dared to roam (no trees besides ...
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Calendar to maintain fruit trees

Is there a calendar of maintenance tasks that need to be performed on fruit trees? For example, when do I prune them, when do I fertilize them, etc. If it helps, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

I just started composting. In addition to putting lawn clippings, kitchen waste and dry leaves what else can I put in? Is it okay to put branches of trees (fruit, olive, etc) in the compost?
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Why is my Orange tree not bearing fruit

I have an orange tree for about 4 years. It bears flowers but they fall off. I have seen only 2 fruits from this tree. What may I be doing wrong. See pictures. Some leaves have holes. Not sure if ...
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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 ...