Growing Fruit Trees in Maine
By Renae Moran, UMaine Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, Glen Koehler, UMaine Associate Scientist/Integrated Pest Management, and Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator, UMaine Extension, Hancock and Washington Counties
There are different reasons why people grow fruit trees. Some grow fruit trees to have home-grown fruit for eating fresh or for preserving. Others maintain fruit trees as a source of food for wildlife. Orchards can be low or high maintenance depending on the desires of the gardener. When the goal is to produce a large supply of blemish-free fruit, an orchard will require annual care. Trees planted for their spring flowers or as a source of food for wildlife require little or no care.
A greater knowledge of the cultural requirements takes the guesswork out of growing fruit trees. Selecting a species or variety that is adapted to the local climate and resistant to common diseases eliminates problems that can lead to tree death, lack of productivity and reliance on chemical sprays.
- Selecting Varieties
- Pollination Requirements
- Rootstocks and Dwarf Fruit Trees
- Planting and Early Care
- Fruit Thinning
- Lack of Fruitfulness
- Insect Pests
- Protecting Trees from Deer and Mice
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If you would like to know more about tree fruit production or other types of agriculture or gardening, please contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension or the Highmoor Farm or visit the UMaine Extension website.
The University of Maine Agriculture and Forest Experiment Station at the Highmoor Farm
P.O. Box 179
Monmouth, ME 04259
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Administrative Offices
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5741
1.800.287.0274 (in Maine)
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Additional contributors: James Schupp and David Handley. The information presented here was generated from years of research at the agricultural experiment stations throughout the United States and other countries.