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Giant Resin Bee

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 bees (Megachile sculpturalis) ...

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...

Blueberries - 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 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...

Wildlife Pests of Fruit

Back to Common Problems Small Fruits Back to Common Problems Tree Fruits Wildlife Management Deer Voles Rabbits Birds Animals can be a major pest of fruit plants, particularly in the first few years after planting. There are basically three solutions to most animal problems: • The problem animal...

Best Practices - Small Fruits

Back to small fruits Locate your small fruit planting in full sun. However, blueberries, currants, and gooseberries tolerate partial shade. In warmer regions of the state, blueberries and raspberries may prefer light shade from hot, late afternoon sun. They prefer deep, well-drained soil high in...

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens

Comparison of Fruit Plants for Maryland Gardens Tree Fruits or Small Fruits Common name Genus/species Origin Grow without pesticides? Notes Apple * Malus domestica Malus pumila Europe/Asia Minor Difficult Select disease-resistant cultivars; train highly dwarfed trees on wires European pear * Pyrus...

Common Problems of Blueberries

Cultural and Environmental Photo: Jerry A. Payne, USDA Ag. Res. Service, Bugwood.org Diseases Photo: Jerry A. Payne, USDA Ag. Res. Service, Bugwood.org Insects Wildlife Cultural Management Practices for Blueberry Plantings Pruning twig dieback . Cut out any twigs that appear to be weak or begin to...

Common Problems of Small Fruits

Back to Small Fruits Blueberries Grapes Raspberries and Blackberries Strawberries

Pruning Blueberries

Back to blueberries Prune back 50% to 60% of the wood immediately after planting. Remove all flowers from two-year-old plants to encourage root growth and ensure good establishment. Do not fertilize at this time. Pruning invigorates the plant, forcing essential new growth from the base of the plant...

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