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Fertilizer - Organic/Inorganic - Fruits

Back to Fruits Fertilization is important for all fruit crops. Where the levels of one or more of the critical nutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium—are below those required for good growth and maintenance of the crop, plants become stressed and produce fruit of poor quality. Plants under...

Mulching and Irrigation - Small Fruits

Back to small fruits Organic mulches are always beneficial to small fruits. They help to: Suppress weeds; Maintain even soil temperatures; Hold moisture in soil; Add organic matter; Protect overwintering plant crowns; Keep fruits clean; and Prevent root damage from shallow cultivation. Straw,...

Grapes - Care and Management

Back to grapes Mulch and Irrigation Fertilizing Crop Soil pH 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year + Grapes - All Varieties 5.8 -6.5 3 oz. of 10-10-10 per plant in early spring . 3 oz. of 10-10-10 per plant at flowering. 4 oz. per plant. 4th year 8 oz. per plant. 5th year 16 oz. per plant; then 16 oz. per...

Growing Organic Fruit

Photo: Clemson Un., Musser Farms Fig Asian pear Immature strawberries Back to fruits Growing Fruit Orgaically in Maryland Home gardeners have more success growing small fruits organically than growing tree fruits (apple, pear, peach, plum, and cherry) organically. Three notable exceptions to this “...

Giant Resin Bee

Back to Pollinator Photo Gallery Female giant resin bee Male giant resin bee is nearly half the size of the female Have you noticed a different looking large bee flying around your flowering plants lately? Sometimes confused for carpenter bees , mining bees or European hornets they are giant resin...

Grapes - Selection and Planting

Back to grapes Selection Grapes are a self-fruitful crop, meaning pollen from the same cultivar is effective for fertilization and fruit growth. However, they require bee activity for best fruit production. The low winter temperatures in the higher elevations of the western counties may limit the...

Planting Blueberries in Containers

Back to Blueberries - Selection and Planting Tips for Growing Blueberries in Containers Highbush blueberries would prefer to be planted in well-prepared soil in the ground but with proper planting and care they can be grown in containers. Select a well-draining, large weather-proof container like a...

Fruit - Fungicides

Back to General Disease and Insect Pest Control Recommendations Organic fungicides Bordeaux Mixture —see Copper Compounds Copper Compounds are widely sold as fungicides for orchard and garden use. They can be highly phytotoxic (cause leaf burn) to many fruit crops and must be used with extreme care...

Fruit Disease and Insect Pest Control

Back to - Fruits To grow any type of fruit successfully, you must grow healthy plants and anticipate and prevent problems. The appearance and severity of pest problems varies between neighborhoods, areas of the state, and growing seasons. When symptoms of a problem are noticed, accurately identify...

Fruit - Insecticides

Back to - General Disease and Insect Pest Control Recommendations Organic Insecticides Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt var. kurstaki), available in many products) is a selective microbial insecticide formulation using a byproduct of the naturally occurring bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis as its active...

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