Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Apple – Pollination

Q: Last fall we purchased a dwarf ‘Fuji’ and a ‘Red Delicious’ apple tree. We knew they had to bloom at the same time to produce fruit. This spring, dwarf ‘Fuji’ bloomed in early spring and the other didn’t bloom...

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Apple – Burr Knot

Q: This apple tree has yellowing leaves thru-out it so if it’s borers I’m probably too late. Any suggestions? A: UGA Extension pathologist Elizabeth Little says it’s burr knot, a disease I’ve never seen. (Thank you!) It can weaken trees...

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Espaliering

Espaliering is the art of training a plant to grow in a formal pattern, typically in a flat plane. Fans, double cordon, vertical cordon, palmetto, and Belgian Fence are common shapes but there is no reason to limit your imagination...

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Fruit – Pruning

Winter and early spring are the best time to prune fruiting plants, whether trees, vines or bushes. The purpose of pruning is to train a plant to its strongest form and to get the correct ratio of leaves to developing...

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Notes on Fire Blight Control from a Plant Pathologist

Notes on Fire Blight from Elizabeth L. Little, Assistant Professor – Homeowner IPM/Sustainable Agriculture, UGA The time to think about fireblight management using sprays is just before and during bloom, so late March may be too late for most trees....

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Dogs – Eating Pears

Q: We have a pear tree in the backyard which we don’t do much with. This year it was loaded with pears. When the pears starting dropping we noticed that our dogs took interest in them. We soon noticed that...

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Agricultural Heritage of Georgia

Georgia has always been a leader in agricultural production. We have a markedly varied climate, which allows for successful production of a wide range of fruits, nuts and vegetables. We have good transportation infrastructure, which permits shipping our produce easily...

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Apple

Malus cv. With the availability of dwarf trees, nearly any backyard can accommodate some of these fruit trees. Standard-sized Apple trees reach 30 feet or more tall with an equal width. Semi-dwarfs reach 15 to 20 feet and dwarfs grow...

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Easy Apples

One of my favorite fall memories is hiding in the top of a big apple tree on my family’s farm and eating all I could pick. Up there I could spy on my brothers and avoid my father’s list of...

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Fruit – Homeowner Spray Guide

Georgia is a great state for fruit production. Unfortunately, it is also a great state for the insects and diseases which limit fruit production. Growing fruit organically is possible…but it demands a huge amount of time and effort. Most novices...

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Fire Blight

Apples, crabapples and pears are susceptible in spring to a bacterial disease known as fire blight (fireblight). The most noticeable symptom is the sudden death of the new leaves at the end of a branch. The dead sprouts may be...

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Fruit Plants – Good Sources

In my experience, it is common in “big box” stores for fruiting plants to be mis-labeled. I’m sure it’s not purposeful, but a store that sells lumber, plumbing, paint and light bulbs can’t be expected to pay close attention to...

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Apple, Crabapple, Pear Trees – Care

Q: I have a quick question about the apple, crabapple and pear trees that I planted last year. They did well through the summer and have grown by leaps and bounds. Now that it is almost a year later, what...

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Grafting A Peach Branch to an Apple Tree

Q: Is it possible to graft a peach branch to an apple tree? A: Grafting a peach to an apple won’t work. An apple is in the genus Malus, while a peach belongs to genus Prunus. The two are both...

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Granny Smith Apple – Determining Ripeness

Q: I have a producing ‘Granny Smith’ apple tree. This year I have a lot of apples on the tree and want to know when I am supposed to pick them. A: Since Granny Smith is a green apple, it’s...

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