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What are the chances to get an edible apple from a tree grown from seed?

My experience is different. It is very easy to have a apple tree from seed. But apple trees are not auto-fertile. This mean that to have apple on a tree, you need pollen from an other trees (and ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

A picture would be nice. If the trees are young, they may not yet have an extensive enough root system and canopy to support all the fruit so you end up with lots of small fruit rather then larger ...
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What does S1S4 (or similar) mean in the context of cherries?

S1S4, S3S6 and others are Pollen Groups for Cherries. Only some species of Cherry tree are capable of pollinating themselves (such trees are referred to as self-fruiting, or self-pollinating). However ...
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

This plant is variegated and is likely to be Citrus limon 'Eureka Variegated Pink'. Described by the New York Times as A mutant found on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, Calif., around ...
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How should I care for a young cherry tree?

When you say 'recent', if that means within the last year, the only thing you need to do is keep it well watered during dry spells for its first 2-3 years. Hopefully you dug the soil over well and ...
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What is this small red fruit with a passion fruit like pulp inside?

Based on the way the fruit is clustered, and similarly the way the leaves are clustered. I think what you have is Psidium cattleyanum. Common names include: Cattley guava, strawberry guava, and cherry ...
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Why is my Orange tree not bearing fruit

They are getting pollinated well enough, you can see the young fruit hips in those pictures. If there wasn't any fruit set, the ovaries would fall of the same time as the flower and you'd see no hips. ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

Dry leaves should be shredded first as otherwise they might form an impenetrable mat in your compost pile. If you don't have a shredder, it's easiest to just collect a pile of leaves and run the lawn ...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

Since woodpeckers don't eat wood, concentrate on killing the insects that the woodpeckers are actually eating (rather than "keeping the woodpeckers away" by some means other than removing their food ...
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How should I care for my multi-variety apple and pear trees?

You definitely need to do some pruning. Before you start pruning a tree, you should find all of the graft points. Since you have multi-graft trees, there should be one graft at the point where each ...
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Spacing for semi dwarf cherry trees?

You won't find what you're looking for because that information doesn't exist. Planting of fruit trees is done according to how they're going to be trained and pruned, so, if you were growing trees ...
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How do I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya tree?

The hermaphrodite papaya is recognized by its flowers. They have both male and female characteristics, which is why they're able to self-pollinate. Unfortunately, that means you really can't tell the ...
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How do I calculate residential fruit spray application rate for commercial spray?

If you're using 25 gallons of water, you are using only 25% the amount of water on the mixing instructions, so use only 25% the amount of concentrate, around 1-2 quarts. Application rate is 100-800 ...
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Can I grow a cherry tree from seed without stratification?

Cherry seeds need both warm and cold stratification to overcome the seed's dormancy. But you can germinate fresh cherry seeds using the plant hormone Gibberellic acid. In March 1969, partially ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

What "full size" IS depends on what you do or don't do (and/or what "June-drop" does or not do for you.) More smaller fruit - don't thin. Less larger fruit - do thin. From the tree's point of view ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

As well as the issue of small-sized fruit, another consequence of letting a tree over-crop by not thinning is that the tree may start a cycle of only producing a good crop once every two years. ...
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Will peaches on a sapling grow into mature fruit?

We often see fruit, small or full size, on saplings sold by garden centres, and these are surprisingly small trees. If the tree can't support the fruit, they'll just drop off. But if you want to give ...
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Should I leave fallen apples (windfall) to rot under the tree?

According to this publication from the University of Wisconsin Extension, the larvae of several destructive insects can grow to maturity in windfallen apples: Apple Maggot Flies (pp. 12, 14) Codling ...
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What should I consider when planting fruit trees in a windy field?

Apples are a traditional crop however Apple trees are best planted in areas that are protected from high winds as they are generally shallow rooted (roots within the top 12 inches of soil are ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

Sitting on soil allows worms and other critters to enter and exit the bottom of the bin. Also, I would think the drainage would be poor and you could get an anaerobic smelly mess at the bottom. As ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

I've tried 2 bins similar to the picture on the left. They did not work well. They took a very long time to break down the compost. It was difficult to turn the pile because it was so small. They ...
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Is it good or bad to have mushrooms growing in the soil of my fruit tree?

While I don't know anything about those particular mushrooms, I'm confident that they're not a problem. In fact, they might be a sign of beneficial microbes (maybe not). However, your soil looks ...
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Will peaches on a sapling grow into mature fruit?

They will most probably yield some fruit, which may be edible - it probably won't grow very large. There is also a school of thought which says its better - long term - for you to remove these ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

I just got rid of a mulberry tree this year, and I'm glad I did. The fruit is so thick and dense that it covers the ground and not much else grows there. They grow fast. A branch growing 3ft a year ...
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How to Get Indoor Avocado Tree to Branch Out

There are a lot of questions about avocado from people with the same issue. Avocado's have strong apical dominance. This plant wants to be a very tall tree. The other factor is that when grown ...
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How to know my apple is ripe enough to collect it

If you manage to catch a windfall apple before the slugs, then try that one (maybe cutting off a bruised or only slightly slug-munched side, and eating the other). If it's tasty, others with a similar ...
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What are these red/orange spots with protruding "spikes" on my pear tree?

I'm afraid its Pear Rust, sometimes called European Pear Rust - its one of the gymnangosporangium rusts, and as such, needs two different plant species to complete its life cycle, in this case, Pear ...
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