Fruit Trees and Small Fruits

How do we fix our peach tree that split in half during a snow storm?

Question: We have a self pollenating peach tree that was damaged with our last snow storm. It was spilt in half. I put back together with bolts. It seems to be doing okay but I’m not sure what else to do to make sure it better. Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional Fruit trees […]

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Is there a remedy to the damaged leaves on my tomatillo?

Question: I’m trying to figure out what is going on with the leaves of my tomatillos. They were started from seeds inside a friend’s home and leaves started looking damaged about two weeks before they were given to me to transplant. Is it a fungus, or blight? It doesn’t seem to be bugs. Regular tomatoes […]

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What is eating the leaves on my apple trees?

Question: Something is eating the apple trees. They have bloomed, but the leaves are being attacked. Can you help determine what is eating them/how to get them to stop? Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional There are numerous pests that can chew on apple leaves, and without other identifying clues it’s tough to say. […]

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How do you support the branches of a peach tree that are heavy with fruit?

Question: Late frost last year meant zip peaches. This year could be a huge crop. After thinning the tiny fruit, how do we physically support the still heavily laden branches? I can easily envision tripod supports for near horizontal branches, but what to do for the not-so-horizontal branches? I’m thinking the trees will look like […]

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Does my crabapple tree with spotted leaves and black fruit have a disease?

Question: I have a 23-year-old crabapple tree. This past summer and fall the leaves were spotted with black and brown. It only produced small shriveled black fruit. Is there a disease I should be treating for? Answer: Jonathan Foster, Home Horticulture Outreach Professional Last year was a challenge for all kinds of fruit-bearing trees in […]

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What created this cocoon on a beach plum?

Question: I recently discovered this growth/cocoon on a young beach plum. It is only about 5/8″ long and at first assumed it to be some kind of cocoon given the perfectly round opening, only it appears to the be the same woody material as growing on the beach plum (or perhaps very well camouflaged). Any […]

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