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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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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 ...
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What is this small red fruit with a passion fruit like pulp inside?

Can anyone identify this fruit? Its ripening now, which is early autumn here in New Zealand.
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When should peaches be picked?

I recently discovered a peach tree at my office. It's right there, and started bearing fruit a few weeks back. Some peaches started falling off, so I picked a bunch to bring home before they fell. ...
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How should I care for a young cherry tree?

We recently had a cherry tree planted in our garden. I don't know the age of the plant nor the exact species but it's currently below 2m (6 ft) tall, including the branches, with a thin trunk. There ...
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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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Taking a cutting from cherry Tree

I'm travelling around various family members all over the UK for the next week. The family members I'm with at the moment have a really gorgeous cherry tree that I would really like a cutting from, ...
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Best way to deter pests (gophers, squirrels, rabbits) from my fruit and vegetable area [duplicate]

I have planted fruits trees and vegetables (raised beds) in my side yard. Every summer i have visitors (not sure which ones) in the form of gophers, squirrels, rabbits (maybe), mice (maybe) that eat ...
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Why didn't my Meyer Lemon tree produce fruit after it blossomed?

My Meyer Lemon tree was full of flowers this spring. I hand pollinated them using a q-tip, along with help from some insects, when the tree was outside. After the blossoms fell off, it didn't ...
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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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Recommendations for Composting Bin

I want to start composting my yard and kitchen waste and use the compost to fertilize vegetables in my raised bed and some fruit trees I have. Right now I am not doing composting. My options are do ...
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Life of steer manure

I bought some steer manure from Home Depot last year. It came in bags. I was not able to use it last year and the bags are unopened so am wondering if I can use it this year. I stored it outdoors and ...
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Should I prune off a branch connected to a large weak crotch on my apricot tree?

I have an apricot tree that is 4 or 5 years old. It is doing well, but one of the main branches has a weak crotch and included bark. My peach tree had the same problem, and got split in a wind storm ...
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. Some of them seem to be contracting some sort of illness - leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to weather or water related. Watering them does not help ...
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What should I consider when planting fruit trees in a windy field?

I'm working with my campus garden and we're thinking of putting fruit trees next to our garden as an excellent addition to our repertoire of fruits and vegetables. However, as the garden is in Buffalo ...
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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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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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Can I grow a cherry tree from seed without stratification?

I'm going to grow a cherry tree from a seed. It's not that easy though and I need some time and patience. I have experience with pine tree and orange, though these are quite easy trees to grow ...
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Is this crab apple branch doomed?

The leafed branches that are at the end of this larger branch look fine, but I am concerned that the damaged bark has allowed the layer underneath to die. Did anything need to be done for this? I am ...
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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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Caring for my pomegranate tree

I have a pomegranate tree that I planted 4 years ago. The tree is heathy but the fruit production is not great. The flowers fall off before developing into fruit or soon after. The fruits crack open ...
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

The leaves on my lemon tree are yellow and white, and the fruit doesn't look normal.
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Fig fruit fell off before ripe

I've gotten 3 fig trees and I had a question. I have a Celeste that's planted in the ground, a Brown Turkey that's in a pot, and a Kadota that I received yesterday that's bare root. I'm in SC clay ...
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Should I prune the lower buds of my bare-root tree that's waking up?

I planted a bare-root Gala apple tree last year, and it's waking up now and budding all over. However, a good number of the buds are close to the ground, and they're coming out along the entire length ...
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Can I grow a fruit bearing pistachio tree?

I live in Zone 7 in Northwest texas. It's pretty dry here and the soil is mostly hard clay. I'm very interested in growing fruit bearing pistachio trees, but haven't been able to find any local ...
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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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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 should I care for my multi-variety apple and pear trees?

I am a novice gardener living in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I created my vegetable/fruit garden, the landscaper recommended grafted fruit trees (ones which produce 6 different varieties of ...
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How do I calculate residential fruit spray application rate for commercial spray?

I have over a dozen fruit trees I raise as a hobby. I recently purchased some Horticultural Oil to apply this spring. The label states the following commercial application rate: DORMANT OR ...
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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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Protecting young fruit trees from deer?

We have some land but won't be living on it for another year. I've purchased a few apple trees and peach trees with about a 1 inch thick trunk and about 6' tall. I know about using the flexible black ...
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Why is the base of the stem of my persimmon tree turning brown?

My potted persimmon tree is almost 2 months old and it's growing fast, but the place where the stem comes up from the soil is turning brown. Is it serious or just a normal part of growth? Please look ...
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How can I make a single cherry tree bear fruits?

I recently planted a Bing cherry tree but learned after the planting that the cherry tree would need another cherry tree to make it bear fruits. Another way is, I was told, to graft a second cherry ...
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What trees are compatible for grafting with cherry trees?

What varieties of trees are compatible for grafting with cherries other than other cherries? Plum, what else?
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What is a good stone fruit tree for northeast Indiana?

Is there a stone fruit tree someone could recommend for northeast Indiana? I have a half acre backyard and want to cut down on space and maybe grow something for the farmer's market.
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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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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Lemons? Limes? Oranges? These trees are wierd!

I inherited 3 trees when I bought my house and all three have thorns on the branches with two trees having what appear to be lemons with orange highlights. When opened they have a very thick skin, ...
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Is it possible to grow a mango plant in the Phoenix climate?

I've been wanting to plant a mango seed; though I live in Phoenix, Arizona. Firstly, would a mango seed actually grow in my area? Secondly, I'm pretty new to any kind of plant life. So, does anyone ...
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What is causing the brown-black spots on my apricots?

I've recently bought a house in the Auvergne region of France (South central) which is about 30 years old and that has the good fortune to have several mature fruit trees in the garden (cherry, apple, ...
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How to develop fine roots in potted plants

I wanted to know the best way to encourage lots of fine feeder roots for a healthy plant. I started a couple of lemon trees from a drink cup seed last year as an experiment. I used a wicking system to ...
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How and when should I prune my 5 in one dwarf apple tree, including the suckers?

We have one of those 5 in one apple trees and actually got a couple of apples off of it last year. It seems like we have more trees growing off of it. There are some branch like things sprouting ...
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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 can I keep my Persimmons tree warm?

I'm trying to grow my persimmons tree, but my country is a cold country so I am growing it indoors. What can I do to keep its temperature at a normal level?