How to Identify and Control Apple Maggots

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Apple maggots are the larvae of small flies that lay their eggs in orchard fruits, especially apples, quickly turning the ripening fruits inedible. To catch these pests before they ruin your pie dreams, learn everything you need to know about apple maggots – including a variety of control options – in this guide.

7 Top Elderberry Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

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If you love elderberries, why not grow them at home? These tall shrubs make an incredible addition to the landscape, with beautiful flowers and tasty fruit. Learn which plants are best suited for your growing area as we take a look at 7 of the best varieties to grow at home in this guide. Read more now.

11 of the Best Fruiting Pear Varieties to Grow at Home

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European pear trees provide showy spring blossoms, beautiful fall colors, as well as delicious fruit with a soft, buttery texture and a sweet flavor. There are a number of different cultivars available for home gardeners. Learn about 11 of the best common pear varieties to grow in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Bonsai Fruit Trees

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Want a truly stunning bonsai that offers a challenge with an incredibly fulfilling reward? Consider growing a fruit tree species as a bonsai. It takes a little extra work beyond that required by your average bonsai, but the results are absolutely worth it. A miniature tree with full-sized fruit is a sight to behold!

9 of the Best Pomegranate Varieties to Grow at Home

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Most of us are accustomed to the red pomegranates seen in the grocery store, but a variety of colors and flavors are available to grow aside from the old standby. There are over 500 known cultivars in existence, so which one is right for your yard? Discover 9 of the best pomegranate varieties to grow at home. Read more.

How and When to Fertilize Fruiting Pomegranates

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Pomegranate plants are native to arid regions where soil can sometimes lack nutrients. While they can withstand poor, deficient soil, they’ll be healthier and more productive when the soil they grow in is healthy and nutrient-dense. Learn how to improve soil fertility to grow productive pomegranates that thrive.

Pomegranate Propagation: The Best Methods to Grow Your Own Trees

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Whether your goal is to grow just one tree or enough to fill an orchard, like most fruit trees, pomegranates grow best via certain propagation methods. Learn which tried and true techniques can produce plants that are clones of the parent plant, and how results may vary. Then give them a try at home! Read more now.

How and When to Harvest Pomegranates

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It can be challenging to tell when pomegranates are ripe and ready for harvest. While the exteriors may not appear to change much, there are some subtle hints. We’ll discuss the clues to look for, and cover best practices for handling the fruits to protect them from damage so they’re ready for fall and winter storage.

Propagating Pomegranates from Seed: A Rewarding Project with Variable Results

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Want to grow your own fresh fruit, or are you looking for a fun project to do with the kids? Pomegranates can be grown from seed, producing variable but potentially worthwhile results. In the right climate, they can be grown outdoors in the ground or a container, or brought inside to overwinter. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Pomegranate Pests and Diseases

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Pest infestation and disease are unfortunately common among fruit trees, though pomegranates manage to dodge a large number of both. While you’ll need to remain vigilant for signs of distress, you can treat many common issues that may arise. Learn what to look for and how to intervene to help your pomegranates thrive.

How and When to Harvest Pears from the Home Orchard

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Timing is everything when you harvest homegrown pears. European varieties ripen after picking and Asian pears reach juicy perfection on the trees. Here’s how to know when pears are ripe for harvest from the home orchard, and how to pick them at the peak of ripeness and store some for later use. Read more now.

What Causes Pomegranate Fruits to Crack or Split?

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When you’ve already waited six months or more for pomegranates to ripen, it can be disheartening to see them cracking or splitting open before harvest. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to coax those long-season fruits through to maturity! Learn what factors lead to cracking and how to prevent it.

How and When to Prune Pear Trees

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If you’re wondering how and when to prune your pear trees to keep them healthy and productive, you might not know how or where to begin. Should you train them to take on a certain shape? Or can you leave them to grow naturally? We’ll answer these questions and more. Find out how and when to prune pears in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Pomegranate Trees

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Wild pomegranate trees originated in the Middle East, and came to be cultivated as a nutritious food source and medicine. Regarded once as status symbols, they’re more commonplace today, but no less delicious. And many varieties of this fruit are available to choose from. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

9 of the Best Asian Pear Varieties for the Home Garden

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Distinct from European types, Asian pears are firm-fleshed, with mild to sweet flavors, and a refreshing, juicy crunch. The pretty fruit is round and apple-like, and ripens on the tree in colors ranging from pale green or yellow to bronze and russet. Read about nine of the best Asian pears for the home garden here.

What Are Fruit Tree Guilds? Learn How to Start Your Own

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Fruit tree guilds involve a technique of planting trees along with supporting species in a way that resembles natural ecosystems. They are an excellent way to create healthier, more productive, and more resilient gardens. Read on to learn about the components of a guild and for information on how to design your own.

How to Protect Apple Trees in the Winter

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Are you growing any apple trees in your yard? If they’re less than ten years old, they can be highly susceptible to several winter maladies: sunscald, pest infestation, and the ravages of other types of hungry critters. Find out how to keep your apple trees warm, safe, and happy during the winter. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Apricot Trees

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Have you ever wanted to grow your own apricot trees? What better time than now? Growing these stone fruits at home means a rare treat: apricots that you can eat the same day you pick them. Or, use your harvested fruits for everything from cooking and baking to canning and drying. Ready to get growing? Read more now.

How Far Apart Should I Space Fruit Trees?

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If you want to start or expand your own orchard, you should pause and do some research on fruit tree spacing first. That’s what this guide is here for! You’ll discover why spacing matters and what the spacing requirements are for commonly grown fruit trees. Learn all about fruit tree spacing in this guide. Read more now.

17 Unusual Fruits and Vegetables for your Backyard Landscape

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From surprisingly colored garden veggies to unexpectedly adorable berries, from teensy cucumbers to oversized beans, there are a wealth of unique edible plants you can grow in your backyard landscape. Ready to discover 17 unusual – and delicious – fruits and vegetables you can grow at home? Read more now.

How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Common Apple Diseases

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Growers typically plant resistant apple varieties to control the major pathogens in their region. What can home gardeners do to prevent the occurrence of diseases on their apple trees? Read more to discover prevention techniques, learn ways to identify common diseases of apples, and implement control methods.

15 of the Best Asian Persimmon Varieties

Asian persimmons are a hallmark of fall, featuring honey-sweet flesh. Non-astringent types are delicious while they’re still firm, and others need to be overripe to be palatable. With so many different kinds in cultivation, we’ve done the work of sorting through the options for you. Read about our favorites now.

How to Grow American Persimmons

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American persimmons are the perfect fruit tree for the beginning gardener. They don’t need extensive pruning or pest control to produce a healthy harvest, and if you’ve ever tasted this unique fruit straight from the tree, you know they’re deliciously sweet with a hint of spice. Read the full growing guide now.

When and How to Harvest Persimmons

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If you’re growing persimmons at home, you might be a little confused about how and when to pick the tasty fruits. Do you harvest when they’re reddish orange, or when they’re soft to the touch? Can you pick a firm one? We’ll tell all in this guide, and share a few tips to enjoy them fresh or preserve them. Read more.

How to Grow Asian Persimmon Trees

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Asian persimmons are different from any other type of fruit out there, with a complex flavor all their own, and the trees are relatively problem-free in the garden. If you’re ready to plant your own or you’re looking for tips to keep your existing tree healthy, read our guide now for expert growing advice.

How to Prepare Fruit Trees for Winter

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Protecting fruit trees from harsh winter weather only takes a few minutes, and it’s absolutely worth the effort. Don’t ignore this important step to ensuring healthy growth and production the following season. Read more to learn how to winterize fruit trees in the garden, as well as those planted in containers.

How to Propagate Pear Trees from Cuttings

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If you want an orchard of pear trees but don’t want to spend a fortune, why not try growing them from cuttings? It takes time but with a bit of effort you’ll be planting out your own newly propagated trees. Learn how to start pear trees from cuttings in this guide and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a thriving orchard.

How to Plant and Grow Asian Pear Trees

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Asian pears are a treat for anyone who loves a crisp, crunchy pear. Deliciously firm when fully ripe, nashi pears can be difficult to find in the grocery store. Why not try growing your own? Discover how to plant and grow Asian pear trees in your garden now with this guide. Plus we’ll share our favorite recipe ideas!

How to Store Your Pear Harvest

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Fresh pears are sweet, juicy, and delicious. But most varieties need to be picked green and ripened off the tree before they can be enjoyed. With the right environment your crop can be stored for several months to extend the goodness. Learn on how to store, handle, and ripen pears in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Fruiting Pear Trees

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Dreaming of a home orchard? Fruiting pear trees are a great choice. They aren’t troubled by most diseases or pests, and deliver bumper crops of delicious fruit. Reap all these rewards by following this guide that takes you through every step, from planting to harvest and eating or cooking. Read more now.

How to Store Your Apple Harvest

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If you find yourself with a bumper crop of apples, you’ll likely want to put some of your harvest up for winter storage, either fresh or as preserves. The fresh fruits will keep their delicious flavors and perfect textures for months when stored in the best conditions. Learn how to store your apple harvest in this guide.

When and How to Harvest Apples

If you’re growing apples in your orchard, you’ll harvest the best quality fruit if you know how to judge the maturity of your crop. There are a number of factors that will help you estimate when your apples will be ripe for picking. Learn when and how to harvest your apples in this guide. Read more now.

Growing Avocado Seeds: A Fun Project to Do with the Kids

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Store bought avocado seeds can be turned into a simple, fun project that you can do with children, at home or in the classroom. This educational activity extends learning opportunities through the summer. Demonstrate the plant life cycle and spark a love of gardening by growing a lovely tree to enjoy for years to come.

How to Grow and Care for Olive Trees

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Learn everything you need to know about how to grow the majestic olive tree, a large plant that makes a dramatic landscape statement while providing delicious fruit that’s suitable for preserving in brine, oil, or water, or for pressing to make a flavorful oil that’s beloved by cooks around the world. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Pawpaw Trees

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Soft, luscious pawpaw fruit has a tropical flavor, but it doesn’t grow in the tropics. It’s native to USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9, where attractive maroon blossoms in spring and golden leaves in autumn make it a landscape focal point. Learn to grow this much fabled, commercially scarce treat, here on Gardener’s Path.

9 of the Best Cold Hardy Cherry Trees

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Think it’s impossible to find a cold-hardy cherry tree that will survive in cold, northern climates? On the contrary – you can harvest delicious cherries, sweet or sour, so long as you pick the right variety. Discover the 9 best cold-tolerant cultivars that will produce your summer cherry bumper crop. To get the sweet lowdown, keep reading.

Tips for Growing Hardy Chicago Fig Trees (Bensonhurst Purple)

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Hardy Chicago figs are the perfect type of fruit trees for northern gardeners who would like to enjoy homegrown fresh figs, and who need a cultivar that can withstand chilly weather. Check out our expert advice about how to grow these bountiful trees now, including site selection, watering, and fertilizing information.

7 of the Best Cold Hardy Apricot Trees

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Ready to grow flavorful homegrown apricots in your chilly northern climate? If you plant the best cold-hardy varieties, you’ll be sure to harvest a bounty of sweet fruit. Discover the best cold tolerant apricot cultivars to ensure a bumper summer crop, and defy the dreaded late frost. Keep reading to learn more.

9 of the Best Cold Hardy Avocado Trees

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If you live in a colder climate but still want to grow avocados, you’ll need to choose a cold-hardy variety. Luckily, there are several cultivars available that can tolerate the cold, and still thrive. Discover the best cold tolerant avocado varieties that can withstand freezing temperatures and still produce fruit.

7 of the Best Cold Hardy Fig Trees

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Love the flavor of figs but worried you can’t grow them because you live too far north? Northern gardeners have plenty of options when it comes to selecting fig varieties that will do well in colder climates. Our experts offer up 7 of the best cold hardy fig trees and top tips on how to care for them in the winter.

How to Overwinter Banana Plants

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Banana plants add a dramatic and splashy punch of the tropics to the landscape, but they will succumb to winter’s wrath if they’re not properly cared for. In this article, our experts share several ways to safely overwinter these (mostly) cold-intolerant plants so they are happy and healthy when warmer weather returns.

Growing Citrus Indoors: Create a Little Slice of Paradise

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Do you dream of growing your own tropical citrus fruits? Did you know that with just a little bit of love and care, you can grow your own lemons, limes, kumquats, and other types of citrus trees indoors, even in the northernmost climates? We share our top tips for growing citrus trees in containers. Read more now.

Harvesting and Preserving Elderberry: A Fruit for Food and Medicine

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Elderberry is truly an incredible plant, with a rich, complex history and a multitude of fascinating uses. It can be consumed in many forms including as a syrup, pie filling, or jam. Learn how to harvest and preserve the fruit of this shrub for medicine, food, or wine. Read more now.

Your Fall Tree Planting Guide

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To get insider tips on why fall is the best time to plant trees in your landscape, discover what “fall” actually means, depending on what part of the country you live in, and get expert advice about all the steps involved in planting trees for the maximum chances of success, read more now.

How to Manage Root Rot in Fruit, Nut, and Landscape Trees and Shrubs

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Phytophthora and the fungi Armillaria, Phymatotrichum, and Xylaria can all cause devastating cases of root rot on fruit, nut, and landscape trees along with woody shrubs. Prevention is the best way to manage these diseases. Read on to learn the best ways to avoid these diseases and biocontrol agents and fungicides that may help with Phytophthora root rot.

What’s the Difference Between Tree Burr Knots (Burl) and Crown Galls?

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Do your shade, nut, or fruit tree limbs and trunks have unsightly growths on them? If so, they are probably burr knots or crown gall. One is due to roots growing on the stems, while the other is a bacterial infection. Prevention is the best bet for these disorders. Learn how to prevent and, in some cases, control them.

How to Grow and Care for Fruiting Cherry Trees

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Cherry trees produce bounties of delicious fruit every year and are handsome additions to the landscape. The trees are beautiful in the spring, provide tasty fruit in the summer, and display architectural winter interest. Learn to grow and enjoy the freshest fruit with Gardener’s Path growing guide now.

How to Identify, Prevent, and Control Cedar Apple Rust

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Although cedar apple rust won’t kill the junipers or apples and crabapples it infects, it can surely debilitate them. What can you do if you are faced with this complex disease? Read more now on Gardener’s Path to discover how to identify and learn how to control cedar apple rust on either of its hosts.

How to Grow Dwarf Citrus Trees

Looking for a versatile, small, and fruitful tree for your landscape? Learn all about dwarf citrus, a petite performer that produces sweet and tart fruit of the same quality and size as its full-sized cousins, in a specimen, espaliered, or container form that’s perfect for smaller spaces. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Loquat Trees

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Learn about loquat trees, an Asian import that offers a tropical flair and bears a small, orange-yellow, sweet-sour fruit that you won’t find in grocery stores. These tasty treasures are delicious fresh as well as in pies and preserves. Discover how to plant and grow loquats in your garden. Read more now.

Give the Gift of Fruit: How to Grow Peach Trees

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Does the thought of fresh-picked, sweet, juicy peaches make your mouth water? Check out this grower’s guide from Gardener’s Path and learn how to select the best tree for your area, how to care for it and how to get a bountiful crop of summer’s tastiest golden orbs — ready to be crafted into cobblers and preserves.

How to Grow and Care for Avocado Trees

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Thinking of suspending an avocado pit over water in hopes of producing some of the buttery green fruit? Learn whether this is a good idea, and other tips and tricks for growing “alligator pears” in your own backyard.

How to Grow Beautiful and Productive Fig Trees

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Looking for a large and fruitful tree for your landscape? Consider the fig, an easy to grow, tall, and wide specimen that rewards little attention with bushels of sweet, fat, and juicy fruit that can be crafted into so much more than just Newtons. Learn more about this generous tree now on Gardener’s Path.

19 Apple Tree Varieties That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

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Selecting the best apple tree varieties can be disappointing and fruitless (pun intended) if you don’t pick the right trees. Cold hardiness, flowering groups, and chill hours can be overwhelming, and don’t get me started on the trouble with triploids. Read more to learn about picking the right ones for your yard.

How to Grow and Care for Pecan Trees

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Imagine placing a homemade pie on the Thanksgiving table, made from pecans from your own backyard tree. With a heavy dose of patience, some serious pruning, and lots of water, this dream can come true. Now on Gardener’s Path, learn how to grow these massive, stately, and fruitful trees in your landscape. Read more now.

Growing Apple Trees: A Fruitful Primer

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There’s an old saying that society grows great when people plant trees they’ll never enjoy the shade of. That’s a fine sentiment, but why not enjoy the fruits of our labor along the way? Growing apple trees offers long-term benefits, and in just a few years we can enjoy the fruit of our trees. Read on to learn how.