Tree Fruits

plums

CORE COMPETENCIES

At the end of this training, you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The critical components of a suitable site for growing fruit trees in the home landscape

  • The different species of fruit trees commonly grown in Maine and a major weakness for each

  • The selection process for appropriate varieties of fruit trees

  • Why and when fruit trees are commonly grafted

  • The difference between dwarf, semi-dwarf and standard sized fruit trees

  • Reasons why rootstocks are used in tree fruit production

  • Basic principles and purposes for pruning different kinds of fruit trees

    • Types of pruning cuts (heading and thinning) and how plants respond

  • Disease, insect and wildlife prevention and control methods

  • http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg/wildlife-damage


SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

UMaine Extension Websites: Growing Tree Fruits in Maine

Presentation by Renae Moran

Additional Resources


PRACTICAL SKILLS GAINED AND STRENGTHENED

  • How to select appropriate rootstocks and varieties of fruit trees for specific locations and growing conditions

  • How to plant, prune, and care for fruit trees

  • Selecting, using, and caring for appropriate tools for pruning fruit trees

  • Identify resources to help with wildlife control in orchards