Fruit Trees and Small Fruits

Why are some of my strawberry plants not producing?

Question: One end of our strawberry bed is very unproductive. The plants form frail looking fruit trusses, and no fruit. I renovated the bed last summer, and the problem is still affecting the plants. Is it a disease? Answer: Donna Coffin, Extension Professor Is this end of the strawberry patch wetter than the other end? […]

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What’s wrong with my Utah Giant sweet cherry?

Question: Last year I planted a Utah Giant sweet cherry. Until the last few days, it looked healthy. But recently the leaves lost their vigor and turned a light color. I would appreciate knowing the problem. Answer: Liz Stanley, Community Education Assistant, Horticulture The leaves look like they’re on their way out. If they’re diseased, […]

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Is it unusual for strawberry plants to have four leaves?

Question: Not really an important question, but one of my strawberry plants has four leaves instead of three. I was wondering if this was unusual like a 4-leaf clover? I wasn’t able to find anything useful about how common this might be online. Answer: Donna Coffin, Extension Professor Strawberries “typically” have three leaflets on each […]

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Can you recommend a low-acid tomato variety?

Question: I have chronic acid reflux and need a low acid tomato seed or plant recommendation. Answer: Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator, Agriculture/Horticulture Though there are a number of commercial .com web sites such that list low acid tomato varieties, they may not be verified by research based institutions. This University of Nebraska fact sheet on […]

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Can you help me understand hardiness zones?

Question: I’m out in Bethel, and I’m looking at buying some trees, both fruit, and landscaping. I’m trying to understand some things about hardiness zones. We’re in zone 4 (I think), though we’re not far from Zone 5, but when I look at record low temperatures in Bethel, they’re well above -20F (which is minimum […]

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How can I keep my husk cherries producing until frost?

Question: Last year I grew husk cherries in 10″ diameter x 10″ high containers on a table topped with hardware cloth in my garden to make harvesting easier. I used a Fox Farm potting medium in the pots. For the first couple of month, the plants grew terrifically and the fruits were much larger than […]

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What is causing the rot-like damage on my apple tree?

Question: My Ashmead’s Kernel apple didn’t do well last year. It looks like it didn’t overwinter well. I was doing some spring clean up and noticed some rot-like damage. Do you have any idea what is going on or how I can help? Answer: Tori Lee Jackson, Extension Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources It’s […]

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What is gnawing the base of my cherry tree?

Question: I have noticed fresh holes at the base of what I am guessing is an ornamental cherry tree. I do not see any holes or issues up on the branches of the tree. It is a well-established tree, I am guessing 10+ years old as trunk diameter is fairly large even though the tree […]

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