Though pruning is always called for…… Read more
Is the enemy a man or a mouse. Or more to the point is he a mouse or a vole, or a mole, or a shrew. The question may seem academic, and perhaps so to the casual backyard wanderer. But … Read more
Quite possibly the greatest scourge of the apple tree in an inch long package.
This is a large beetle whose larvae do considerable damage to fruit trees by eating and tunneling in the trunk. The damage often leads … Read more
1. Location, location, location. Very few trees will do well in wet muck, … Read more
Late season nutrition, fall pruning and late season weather conditions can greatly influence the cold hardiness of fruit trees and bushes…..… Read more
Perhaps the worst plague of the tree fruit grower….… Read more
With regard to apples there is a decent selection for most locales. The coldest spots, however will find it necessary to seek out the toughest of the lot. Among them are Dolgo crab, Ranetka crab and Siberian crab.
Siberian, malus … Read more
Scab may be reduced in the orchard through leaf fall management. Leaf litter should be ground up or composted to facilitate breakdown.… Read more
Growers in northern climates should be aware of the considerations of rootstock hardiness.
Although most folks make good decisions regarding the variety, one needs to pay attention to the rootstock as well. The aerial portion of your apple tree for … Read more
The apple genome has been sequenced and revealed 57,000 genes in malus domestica. Considerable since the human genome contains only around 30,000. It comprises 17 chromosomes compared with the 7-9 typical in other Rosaceae family members. It is also double … Read more