Fruits

Figs-Are They Ripe?

Q: I’m not sure how to determine when figs are ripe. What’s a rule of thumb? A: Brown figs, like ‘Celeste’ and ‘Brown Turkey’ are ripe when the fruit turns from yellow to brown. The skin will have little cracks...

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Pollinating Apple Trees

Q: I have two five-year-old apple trees, Granny Smith and Fuji, from a big box store. I have only seen one apple on these two trees in all this time. They do produce flowers in the spring so each year...

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Blueberry Types-Northern/Southern

Q: The UGA website lists ‘Legacy’ blueberry as a Northern highbush type. Your website says it’s a Southern highbush. Since I live in south Georgia I need to know what type will grow best here. A: I’ll have to break...

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Tomatoes-Container Growing

Q: What are the best tomatoes for growing in a container? A: Make sure it says “determinate” or “bush type” on the label. Determinate tomatoes grow to a smaller size, although they stop producing in midsummer. Otherwise you’ll have a...

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“Low Chill Cherries”- Can They Grow Here?

Q: Is it possible that the new “low chill” cherries would produce fruit in Georgia? A: While it is true that their requirement for wintertime chilling severely limits cherries such as ‘Bing’, ‘Ranier’ and ‘Lambert’ in Georgia, many other things...

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Tea Olive (Sweet Olive) – Pruning

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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Inexpensive Tomato Grafting Supplies

Q: I need to find a source for tomato grafting tubes and clips that are not terribly expensive for 100 or less of each. Is there an advantage in using eggplant rootstock rather than tomato rootstock? I’m looking for a...

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Tomato – Milk Jug

Q: How do I start tomato plants in a milk jug? A: Use heavy scissors to make a cut two inches above the bottom of a milk jug, cutting around the jug on three sides (the fourth side will be...

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New Pear Trees

Q: I have been trying for several years to start new pear trees from old ones. What’s the best way? A: I think your best bet is grafting twigs from an old tree onto a small young tree. This is...

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Dragon/Kiwi Fruit in Augusta

Q:I live near Augusta and am growing several different fruit plants. I’m looking to plant a fruit you don’t normally see in this area. I was thinking of Dragon Fruit plant or perhaps kiwi. A: Dragon fruit is a type...

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Blueberries Too Bitter

Q: I have two blueberry bushes. The last several years the fruit has been too bitter to eat. How can I sweeten them up? A: Here are three tips: 1. Make sure they are in full sun all day. Blueberries...

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Online Fruit Trees – Organic

Q:I would like to buy fruit trees, vines and bush varieties that are not available at local nurseries. Where is the best place to shop online to make sure I know they are grown in chemical-free soil? A: If you...

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Watermelon and Squash – Do Not Cross-pollinate

Q: I think I have a watermelon/squash hybrid in my garden. This came up this year where I planted squash. I didn’t plant watermelons this year but had planted watermelons in the spot last year. A: It’s probably not what...

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Kiowa Blackberry – Management

Q: Last April, I ordered three small Kiowa blackberry plants and planted them five feet apart. Last summer, they spread across the ground like a hyperactive ivy covering a 20′ x 10′ area.This year, the runners from last years growth...

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Pear – Thinning Fruit

Q: This is the 2nd spring with my Keiffer pear tree, it had eight pears last year. This year I’ve spot-counted 125. What’s the rule for removing some of the pears so I can have a good crop without breaking...

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Pear – How to Thin Overloaded Fruit

Q: My young tree had eight pears last year. This year I’ve counted 125. What’s the rule for removing some of the pears so I can have a good crop without breaking all the limbs. A: Pears commonly overproduce young...

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Peach – Shortening a Tall One

Q: Your web site says that peach trees should be pruned to about 6 ft. tall. I have never done that and my peach trees are 12′ to 15′ tall. Can I cut my peach trees back to 6′ at...

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Fig – Removing Vigorous Small Twigs

Q: We pruned our fig severely two years ago and left only three big trunks. It came back somewhat the next year with lots of sprouts from the roots. We removed some of them and now we need to prune...

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