Content tagged "fruits and nuts"

How do I stop crows from feeding in my nut trees?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 24, 2013

You describe a major problem in the pecan industry—predation by birds. A major legal concern for management efforts is the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act...

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

Gardens & Landscapes 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...

How do I find out what variety my apple tree it is? Can my local Extension office tell me ?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: January 11, 2012

It is difficult to identify apple varieties unless your variety is a very common one. There are more than 10,000 named apple varieties in the world today....

When is the proper time to thin fruit on apple, pear, and peach trees?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: November 15, 2011

Apples and pears have three periods when some immature fruit drops naturally from the tree. The June drop (Zones 6 and 7) is the last one, and many growers...

Should I wait until after a frost to harvest my apples?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: November 10, 2011

No, harvest apples before the temperature drops below about 28°F. That is canopy temperature and will not necessarily be reflected by the thermometer on your...

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?

Gardens & Landscapes 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...

What is the best way to tell when apples and pears are ripe?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: October 29, 2011

Harvest time varies with individual tastes and locality. One may consider a fruit ripe, while another individual believes it is immature. However, fruit...

How can I propagate additional plants from my blackberry stand?

Gardens & Landscapes 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?

Gardens & Landscapes 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?

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...

When and with what do I fertilize blueberries?

Gardens & Landscapes Blueberries Updated: October 06, 2011

Soil fertility should be adjusted prior to planting blueberries, based on the recommendation from a soil test. Once the plants are installed, side-dress at...

How should grapevines be planted?

Gardens & Landscapes 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 can I protect my apple trees from vole feeding damage?

The best method for the control of voles is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth or plastic cylinders to protect individual trees and shrubs by wrapping the base...

What are the disease-resistant apple cultivars recommended for Wisconsin?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: September 30, 2011

The following are some of the cultivars that will grow well in Wisconsin:• Redfree: This is an early season, medium-sized, attractive red apple. You can...

How do I dry and preserve black walnuts?

Gardens & Landscapes 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...

What causes the yellow leaf spots that later develop a brown center on my apple leaves?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: August 28, 2011

This a fungal disease called cedar-apple rust. Cedar-apple rust is a common disease of apple and crabapple. The fungus that causes the disease,...

What are some suggestions for growing apples successfully in Colorado?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: August 28, 2011

Reliable varieties for this area are 'Cox Orange', 'Red Delicious', 'Golden Delicious', 'McIntosh', 'Jonathan', 'Fameuse', 'Northwest Greening', 'Joyce',...

I have a 'Gala' apple tree. Would planting a 'Granny Smith' tree in my yard serve as a pollinator for the other?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: August 28, 2011

Yes, 'Granny Smith" would be a good choice. If you can't find a 'Granny Smith' tree, then a 'Mollies Delicious' would work well. To see a pollination chart...

How long can I store fresh apples?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: August 27, 2011

Late-maturing varieties of apples will store for use throughout the winter if the fruit is hard, mature, and in perfect condition. Apples picked too green...

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

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: June 06, 2011

How can I control insects and diseases on my apple tree?

Gardens & Landscapes Apples Updated: December 10, 2010

Are apples that contain apple scab still edible?

Gardens & Landscapes 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?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 26, 2010

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