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.

7 Top Elderberry Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

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Have you heard about elderberries? 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 – we list the top choices for gardeners to help you decide. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

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.