University of Maryland Extension

Production Timeline

October or early March

– Fertilize 0.25 oz N per plant

– Prune; remove dead/diseased tissue

Mid to Late April

– Plant will begin bloom

– Watch for Blister beetles


– Evaluate Yield

– Look for Lace Bug and Aphids

– Look for Cherry Fruit Worm Adult

– Watch for Rust symptoms


– Spray for Cherry Fruit Worm

– Evaluate disease (Rust Scab)

– Look for aphids on fresh growth

– Watch for Japanese Beetles

– Watch for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


– Watch for Rust and scab symptoms

– Watch for Japanese Beetles

– Watch for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


– Begin Harvest mid-to end of August based on a stabilized BRIX target of between 16 and 18%. However, your fruit may not achieve that soluble sugar content. Sample many fruit and pick before fruit wrinkles on plant (before end of August in Maryland).


Sanitation of orchard including removal or mulching of leaves 

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