I too am interested in Fruit trees. Actually my husband and I had an 80 acre apple orchard at the other place before he died. Now I am at this new place, well I've been here about 7 years. I planted 2 cherry trees, 2 apricots, 3 peaches, 4 varieties of raspberries, thornless blackberries, 4 varieties of blueberries. And some others. Should be a good thread. Donna Thanks Dave
RuthOlive - Donna - Close to you in Oregon. I've got 18 fruit trees - various varieties of pears, apples, plums, and 1 peach - the peach is my concern. All my trees have blossomed and leaved, except the peach. It's just beginning to show buds. What's wrong? (only my second season on this property, and last year the peach tree was quite abundant with fruit) First question of many! Thanks.
This forum is great but I do have a question...where would I post questions about fruit bushes and such? I have red currants, gooseberry, raspberry, blueberry, and grape (I know, it's a vine, not a bush...LOL). Just curious which forum I would use to find little hints, tips, whatever for those?
Does anyone know if walnut trees will kill fruit trees? I've heard this and would like to know as i've purchased about 20 bare root trees and don't want to plant them where they'll die! We just purchased this place last year and just now getting to start any planting, and since i've never planted anything before this site is the absolute best thing i could have found. Thanks for everything!!
Help! We just went wild buying berry bushes! They're all in the ground, and i've done some research, but am wondering about "feeding" currants, gooseberries, honeyberries; and we even have a few jostaberries! So far, all i've found is info on compost & aged manure for mulching and some details about nitrogen and potassium. Seems either too simple or too complicated. Anyone have info on whether or not we should even be worrying about feeding the bushes? Hope this is the right place to ask. I'm brand-new to Dave's Garden. Hi!
I don't have any of the berries you've purchased however, i know that someone will be along soon to let you know what to do. I don't think you need to worry about feeding the bushes right away. Did you buy them bare root or not? I think that to be safe i'd stick with good compost, water, and sun. Unless someone can tell you different. You might try posting this question in the parking lot or garden news forums as they get more people looking at them and you might get feedback quicker that way. Welcome to DG I know you'll like it here! Tracy
In my opinion,you need to establish a good root system first.That way they can feed the foliage and topgrowth.Just some compost or aged manure for this season should suffice.
I'm no expert on fruit,but that's the general rules for planting just about anything.Some people say to pinch blossoms the first year so as not to stress your young plants trying to establish themselves.Maybe some of our fruit growers will show up and give us some insight.
By the way,you can go to the right hand column,and where it says 'preferences' in the 'about you' section,you can click on that and set your location and zone so that we can see it under your name.That will help us to tailor information to your conditions.
Do you or your neighbours have other apples for pollination? There are so many other possibilities but that's a biggy. How's the soil? Do you get hard frosts during budding? Do you get little fruits dropping off? Diseases?
Good points, dennis. Also, if it is a standard tree it will often take at least that many yrs before it produces.
You could also whip it with a garden hose to shock it...there was a thread on that here somewhere. (I know I know...sounds weird, eh?)
DENNIS, IT IS A SELF POLLINATING TREE, WE HAVE CLAY SOIL THAT TREES GROW VERY WELL IN. WE HAVE PUT IN 300 TREES IN THE LAST 6 YEARS AND ONLY LOST ABOUT 10. NO LATE FROST THIS YEAR.THANKS FOR YOUR HELP KEN
Selfing apple, what variety is it? Sounds interesting. I have about 14-15 varieties and none self as far as I know. One thing, probably not it, but most selfing plants self better with another pollinator (I know, doesn't make much sense).
I have 2 pear trees,one of them looses most of the fruit due to the pears kinda shirveling up then they dry out like little petrified thingys. Got them at Wally World Clearance around 7-8 yrs. ago,name tags missing. Any Ideas ?? Thanks , >^,,^< SB
BrandyCat, and others I haven't been to this thread for some time. haven't had much time for computer, too much company. As to your peach tree it would be a help if you knew what variety it is. Some apples and probably some peaches are just normally every other year bearers. Also maybe the bees weren't very active when the peach was in bloom and the blooms didn't get pollenized. Sorry but that is about all the help I can give you.
hillbillieboe, We had two walnut trees very close to apple trees at my other place and I don't think there was any problem. The problem with walnut trees is the chemicals produced, mostly by black walnuts will hinder the growth of plants growing under or very near. English walnuts are usually grafted onto black walnut root stock. Some plants will grow without problems under the trees.
Pondview, Do you know what variety your 5 year old apple tree is. Golden Delicious do not need a pollenator, in fact they are used to polinate other trees. And as someone else said the apple tree would probably have to be more than 5 years old before it begins to produce. Donna
Most fruit trees are susceptable to disease. To produce fruit you often need to spray trees regularly with a fungicide/pesticide blend. I use Bonide Fruit Tree spray.
Apples can take a few years to bear fruit. If you want your tree to pollinate get different varieties to help get them going!
Thanks rutholive, all of my trees seem to be doing well except for the two sweetnsour cherry trees which I think we planted too close to the black walnut. I'm not sure that is the reason they're not doing well. It could be so many other things. I'm just glad the rest seem to be getting a good start. Thanks, Tracy
Do any of you grow everbearing raspberries. I have Fall Gold and September. This morning when it is daylight I am planning to go out and prune them. i cut the old stalks to the ground and thin out the new canes to 6 to 8" apart or more. Since there is only me to eat the berries I don't need a whole lot of canes. I will also scatter some Planters 2 and Bio-Grow around them. Probably add some more compost and chip mulch. The Fall Gold one is one of my favorites but not a prolific producer. September will start its fall crop as you might expect in Sept. Love them with yogurt. I could send a few starts for postage if anyone is interested. Maybe our longlasting very hot spell is over for the summer. Hottest dryest longest in 50 years. Donna
We should really start a new thread!!! I have been too busy to check up on old threads, and missed all this.
Donna, I have just started fall rasberries but can't help you much yet. I do have fall gold, the berries were dry and seedy, however they are in pots (just bought land to plant them in), I'm hoping it is just the soil in the pots. I've seen that with other fruits so I am optimistic.
Howdy Phoebes! Your first day, eh? Wonderful! A bigtime Welcome to DG. Please, make yourself at home!
Was wondering where you are located. Often-times that info is important in order to give you some proper answers for your region. (If you go to your Preferences page I think that is where you can include your zone and other options, if you like.)
As for your apple tree, I usually prune ours to keep it in more of an "upside down umbrella" shape. Depending on where you are you should either prune lightly at this time if there is still active growth or (if you are in the frigid Countries and your tree is dormant then you can prune more heavily.
Here is a decent site that will possibly help.http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC1351.htm
RuthOlive - I, too, have not been on the computer for quite some time - too much time spent working, and IN THE Garden!!Thanks for the response - It's true, there have not been many bees this year, and my apple trees also are less fruit bearing - hence, less fruit. Maybe next year. Well, back to work. I'm doing beans and corn - TONS of both. Bye!
Our area, Watsonville, CA 95076, has a bad problem with moss and lichens growing on diciduous fruit trees. Especially apple trees. My neighbor and I both have a nice mix of fruit trees and would like to save them from the spaghnum moss and lichens taking over. But we also love our apricots and have been told that anything used on the apple trees would kill the apricots. I have been searching for information regarding this and even went to the Ortho website for help. But it only has information regarding moss getting into ones lawn. Can you help us?
I still have too much snow on the ground so can't even get out to the fruit tree area. Has been that way since mid-Nov. It is getting warmer so maybe the snow will melt enough so that i can see the ground and if there is a problem can also see that.