Selection and Care of Fruit Plants

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Updated: July 22, 2021

Tree Fruit Purchasing and Planting

Growing tree fruit successfully in the home landscape is challenging and potentially rewarding. Tree fruits are subject to many problems (insects, diseases, weather extremes, wildlife) which can frustrate the novice grower and seasoned gardener alike.
pear tree with fruit
Updated: July 22, 2021

Fruit Disease and Insect Pest Control and Prevention

Growing many types of fruit successfully (especially tree fruits) even for backyard growers requires taking measures to prevent insect and disease problems.
Updated: July 22, 2021

Fertilizing Fruits

Fruit plants need adequate soil nutrients for good growth and fruiting.
Updated: July 22, 2021

Training and Pruning Apple and Pear Trees

Pruning young and mature apple trees is important to keep them healthy and productive.
ripe apples on a tree
Updated: July 22, 2021

Watering, Fertilizing, Harvesting Strawberries

Most disease and insect pests of strawberries can be well managed using resistant cultivars and good sanitation practices
ripe strawberry ready to be picked
Updated: June 15, 2021

Watering, Fertilizing, Harvesting, Spray Schedule Peaches and Cherries

Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries are all closely related members of the Prunus genus and are commonly referred to as stone fruits. Planting stone fruit presents some unique challenges for the backyard grower such as blooms suffering damage from late spring frosts, diseases, and insect pests.
ripe peaches on a tree
Updated: June 15, 2021

Watering, Fertilizing, Harvesting, Spray Schedule Apples

Apples are excellent candidates for the backyard garden, as long as you are committed to the attention to detail and pest management that the crop requires.
ripe apples on a tree
Updated: June 15, 2021

Why Prune Fruit Trees?

Tree fruit pruning is an important practice when growing backyard fruit trees.
Person pruning a branch from a cherry tree
Updated: June 14, 2021

Renovation and Overwintering Strawberries

Renovating and overwintering your strawberry bed correctly will prolong the production life of your backyard plants.
ripe strawberry ready to be picked
Updated: June 14, 2021

Growing, Selecting, Planting Peach and Cherry Trees

Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries are all closely related members of the Prunus genus and are commonly referred to as stone fruits. Planting stone fruit presents some unique challenges for the backyard grower such as blooms suffering damage from late spring frosts, diseases, and insect pests.
ripe peaches on a tree