Fruits

How To Get My Tea Olive To Fill In With Leaves

Q: I would like my nine-foot-tall tea olives to fill in with leaves at the bottom half. How can I make that happen?  A: This is tough. One option is to prune off the top half of your shrub, which...

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Identifying, selecting and pruning fruiting quince

Q: I have become interested in growing fruiting quince and have several plants. Do they fruit on current year’s growth or last years? I need to prune them a bit. They are delicious if properly prepared. I have Le page...

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Split trunk on mango

Q: I have a mango tree that I started growing from a seed in a pot twelve years ago. I’m very worried that I might be losing it. The trunk has been drying out. Is there a way to save...

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When To First Prune My Peach Tree

Q: How soon after planting can a peach tree be given its first pruning to develop the wine glass shape desired?  A: The first pruning is usually done a few minutes after the tree is planted. Many growers cut the...

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Should I Prune My Peach Tree Early?

Q: We have been waiting for the right time to prune our peach tree and I know you recommend March for that. However we just noticed that they seem like they will bloom very soon. Should we still wait until...

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Georgia Fruit Tree Recommendations

Q: I am new to Georgia and am interested in planting a few fruit trees in my back yard. I’d like rare but hardy ones. Any suggestions? A: “Rare” and “hardy” may not be possible. If a fruit tree is...

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When Do Meyer Lemons Bloom?

Q: My Meyer lemon has about ten blooms starting to form. Is January the normal time?  A: It is behaving normally. Mine has bloomed indoors in January as well as outdoors in May depending on the weather conditions. When a...

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How To Prune A Pomegranate

Q: I planted a pomegranate ten years ago. I have read that it should be pruned a specific way if it gets too big.  A: I don’t think there is a “specific” way to prune; it just depends on what...

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Peach crown gall on trunk

Q: I planted three peach trees last year and one of them has a growth about ten inches off the ground. I want to prune the trees this year to get the canopy growing correctly but am concerned about this...

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Sour Green Crabapples: What Tree Are They From

Q: Back in my younger days we picked golf-ball-size green crab apples that were incredibility sour but tasted so good. What kind of trees were they?  A: A crabapple is defined as any apple whose mature fruit is less than...

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Why Are My Heirloom Tomatoes Lumpy?

Q: I save heirloom tomato seeds. Some of the fruit is very lumpy this year. Any ideas why? A: Lumpy, distorted, oddly shaped tomatoes are generally referred to as “catfaced”. Oddly, it has nothing to do with cats. The deformity...

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Is white sap on fig fruit harmful?

Q: Some of our figs have white goo on them. What is it? Is it harmful to ingest? A: Like many members of the ficus family, edible fig tree branches and fruit exude a milky white latex when injured. I...

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Squirrel Damage to Tomato

Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

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Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

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Blueberry Leaves Stuck Together

Q: My blueberries are starting to turn blue but I noticed that something is binding the leaves together. It looks like the leaves have been bitten on the ends but they are then stuck together with something invisible.  A: You...

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My Pomegranate Trees Have Only One Or Two Fruits

Q: My wife and I have three six-year-old pomegranate trees. One of them has full of orange flowers but only one or two fruits. Most of the flowers are single but there are many double flowers too.  A: I think...

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Bumper Crop Of Baby Peaches – How To Thin The Peaches

Q: I have a bumper crop of baby peaches. Is there a rule of thumb for thinning the peaches? I know the branches won’t support all of them.  A: You are right. If you don’t remove some of the fruit,...

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