Fruits: Culture, Disease, and Insects

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Fruits | Growing | Culture, Disease, and Insects

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Fruit Culture by Region

Fruit growing varies widely by climate. To get accurate information on how to select, grow, and manage fruit in your region, use the following listing of links by region:

Fruit-Growing Basics

This espaliered apple tree is both ornamental and productive. (Photo credit: Karen Jeannette)
This espaliered apple tree is both ornamental and productive. (Photo credit: Karen Jeannette)

The following resources provide information about fruit growing that is generally applicable across the United States. See the "Fruit Growing by Region" section above to find more regionally specific information.

Selection

Pruning

Fertilizing

  • Fertilizing Tree and Small Fruits (Iowa State University) discusses fertilization timing, amounts, and grades of fertilizers (percent nutrient content described on the fertilizer bag) for use on small fruits. Any references to timing, which is based on dates and not seasons (for example: date = "apply in early August"; season = "apply in mid- to late summer") may need to be verified with your local Extension publications or office.

Harvesting and Storing

Pest Management Tools and Information

Apple maggot damage (Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)
Apple maggot damage (Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

The following diagnostic tools are helpful in identifying pest problems:

See the following resources for listings of online publications and tools by region:

  • Fruit Disease Pests by Region.
  • Fruit Insect Pests by Region.

Credits

  1. ? Collaborate effort between Marvin Pritts, Ph.D., at Cornell University, Gina Fernandez at North Carolina State University, and Kim Hummer at the National Germplasm Repository at Corvallis, Oregon. See footnotes on Web site for more information.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.