Content tagged "fruits and nuts"

What do I spray my apple and pear trees with to control insects and diseases? I live in Colorado.

Updated: February 14, 2012

Homeowners are often surprised at the damage pests can do to apples. It is not easy to grow apples as pretty as those seen in the grocery store. There are...

When can I trim back my loquat tree? It is tall, bushy, and blocks the sidewalk plus is completely covered in fruit. Will trimming affect fruit production next season?

Updated: November 09, 2011

You can judiciously prune your loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) any time after harvest. The more you prune the tree, the more you are going to reduce next year's...

How can I propagate additional plants from my blackberry stand?

Updated: October 21, 2011

Propagation techniques for blackberries:Tip layering is used on most brambles (blackberries, black and purple raspberries). In mid to late summer the cane...

What are the small swellings or balls covering my pecan leaves?

Updated: October 17, 2011

These abnormal growths are called galls. The insect that causes galls in pecans is phylloxera, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects closely related to aphids....

What are the best storage conditions for apples and should they be scrubbed before storage?

Food Safety Families, Food and Fitness Updated: October 10, 2011

Apples can be washed before eating rather than before storing unless there is any noticeable dirt. If that is the case, wash under running water and dry...

How should grapevines be planted?

Updated: October 04, 2011

You may plant grape vines in either spring or fall. If you plant them in the fall, mound soil above the surface in the root zone and then remove the extra...

How do I dry and preserve black walnuts?

Updated: September 27, 2011

The walnuts have to be mature before you can dry them. Cut one and if the kernels look full inside, then you can try drying them. If mature, remove the green...

Can fresh mango be transported out of Hawaii to the continental United States?

Updated: June 06, 2011

Are apples that contain apple scab still edible?

Food Safety Updated: December 10, 2010

I am looking for a crab apple tree that produces edible fruits about 2 inches in diameter that is Minnesota hardy. What do you suggest?

Updated: March 26, 2010

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