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Apples Planting and

Apples are excellent candidates for your home garden, as long as you are committed to the attention to detail and pest management that the crop requires. They are subject to attack by over 20 different diseases and insect pests. Varieties differ in their susceptibility and resistance to individual pests. Because of this variation and the variation in the type and quality among the different cultivars, no single cultivar is best for all situations. Perhaps the best approach initially is to choose varieties that suit your tastes and to which you can devote the time and expense required to keep them productive. See 'selection and planting' above for a list of recommended cultivars for Maryland home orchards.

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