Fruit Tree Care

  1. How To Grow Blueberries In Containers

    Blueberries In Containers

    Did you know that growing blueberries in containers is one of the easiest ways to expand your edible garden without using valuable backyard real estate? That’s right! With a little preparation and patience, you can be enjoying delicious, farm-fresh, berries straight from the bush, no matter how much space you have!

    Blueberries are notorious for their vitamin C and E packed fruit and have become a widely popular addition to backyards everywhere! However, you absolutely must make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and picking bushes that are best for your area.

    The wrong kind of blueberry bush can leave you wondering why you aren’t getting much fruit, or why it doesn’t fare as well in the colder months.

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  2. Pie, Tart, Sour or Sweet Cherry? What’s the difference?

    Hand picking cherries off of a cherry tree

    It’s the age-old question, what’s the difference between all these cherry tree varieties? Ok, so maybe it’s not considered an age-old question, but it’s certainly one many ask and for good reason.

    Cherry trees are beloved across the world. Partly because of their beautiful blossoms and partly their scrumptious fruit. Picking a few off of the backyard tree makes the perfect snack for warm summer days lounging on the patio.

    However, you’ll want to make sure you’ve picked the best cherry tree for the job at hand. Will you be snacking right off the tree or are you hoping to bake a county fair award-winning pie? The answer will determine which variety you want.

    I Want a Pie Cherry Tree for my Cherry Pie Filling

    Ok, great! Pies are superb and cherries are certainly a key ingre

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  3. Care Tips for Citrus Trees in Pots

    Care Tips for Citrus Trees in Pots

    Just getting started? Read our Selection Guide for the best Citrus varieties for container culture.

    Already ordered your new Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemons, Bearss Limes or Calamondin Oranges? Congrats!

    Let's get started early to prepare for the arrival of your new tree.

    Finding a Suitable Pot or Fabric Grow Bag

    Making good choices about containers doesn't have to be expensive. People are getting really creative in their Victory Garden designs. Go fancy if you can, or "cheap out" if you need to.

    Either

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  4. Grow Lemons in Pots: Victory Garden Selection Guide

    Top Varieties for Growing Citrus in Pots

    Join the Victory Garden movement! It seems like everyone is adding fruiting trees and plants to their landscape, no matter how large or small. After all, one of the best things in life to enjoy the taste, fragrance and health benefits of homegrown fruit.

    There is also something very satisfying about the feeling of being prepared. People all across the country are realizing how fulfilling it is to grow food for themselves, family and friends.

    Beyond sowing the seeds of a vegetable garden, why not add Citrus trees in your Victory Garden design? Growing your own lemons, limes, oranges and other Citrus varieties save you a lot of money over the long haul.

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  5. High-Density Planting and Successive Ripening Tips

    Summer pruning is key to high-density planting success

    Harvest season is the real payoff from planting fruit trees and plants. Here are some easy tips for home gardeners interested in increasing their yields.

    Imagine a continuous stream of super-fresh fruit for an entire season! The secret is planting your backyard orchard for successive ripening.

    Adding Variety to Your Edible Landscape

    You can buy specialty trees that have been multi-grafted. Growers graft several different varieties to a single rootstock.

    Who wouldn’t want to plant a single fruit tree and then have it continually provide fruit for the entire season?

    It’s a great concept and can be successful. However, please note that this does requires careful pruning to ensure that no one variety “takes over”.

    Perhaps an easier and more effective solution is to incl

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  6. Selection Guide Low Chill Fruit Trees for Zones 9 and 10

    Grow your own healthy fruit

    The demand for locally grown fruit is red hot these days. It seems like everyone wants to enjoy the incredible taste, health benefits and experience of growing their favorite varieties. After all, there is nothing so satisfying as eating a piece of homegrown fruit, still warm from the sun.

    Modern plant hybridizers have been inspired to create new varieties. Growers are likewise searching to revisit older varieties that might be more widely adaptable.

    Here is a rundown of some of the best varieties. But first, let’s talk about what “Low Chill Hours” is and what they mean for your garden.

    Chill Requirements Definition

    In simple terms, chill requirements are the approximant number of cold hours (below 40 degrees and above 32) that accumulate between the start of fall and late January. There are a numbe

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  7. How to Prune and Train Espalier Fruit Trees

    Tips to Prune and Train Espalier Fruit Trees

    It's fun to grow healthy homegrown fruit on a sturdy trellis. The ancient technique called Espalier allows for a full harvest in a small space planting.

    Espalier is now being done on Apples, Apricots, Citrus, Cherries, Figs, Nectarines Pears, Peaches, Persimmons, Pomegranate and Plums. There are few varieties of fruit that cannot be trained to grow flat. Citrus is ideal for espalier.

    Watch as our High Density Backyard Orchard Culture Expert, Ed Laivo, walks you through the steps to prune and train a young pear tree growing as an espalier on a sturdy trellis.

    You'll learn how far to trim back, how to tie down limbs to direct growth. You'll also see what kind of tools are required

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  8. How To Repot Your Container Grown Fruit Trees

    Here's how to repot fruit trees growing in containers

    #ProPlantTips from Nature Hills on Repotting Container Grown Fruit Trees

    Let Ed Laivo, Nature Hills resident Fruit Horticulturalist, show you tips and tricks of repotting container grown fruit trees for the best results. 

    What size pot comes next as you repot your fruit tree into a larger size container? You'll learn everything from the right potting soil mix to use to how to handle the roots of the plant as you repot it.

    Growing fruit in containers is a wonderful way to produce delicious food, and gain a highly ornamental patio plant in the process. If you live in a cold growing zone, and must grow tender fruit - like the Australian Finger Lime - in containers, you'll definitely want to watch.

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  9. Solutions for the Top 6 Diseases and Pests of Home Grown Citrus

    Helpful hints on Citrus diseases and pests from Nature Hills Nursery

    Growing Citrus trees at home is such a rewarding experience. Your family and friends will delight in the fragrance and taste of healthy, home grown fruit.

    However, to be successful requires that you monitor your plants for signs of pests or disease. The best time to deal with a problem is before it becomes a problem.

    There are a number of different pests and diseases that can affect Citrus in different areas. When not sure always check with your local Ag Extension Service.   

    With all product recommendations, follow label directions for dosage and application instructions for safest, most effective results.

    The Nature Hills Horticultural team recommends the following

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  10. Simple Tricks to Make Blueberries Easy to Grow

    Grow healthy blueberries at home

    We asked our Horticulture Team for their best Tips and Tricks for growing healthy, delicious, gorgeous Blueberries in a permaculture garden. People across the country can successfully grow these wonderful bushes. 

    There are 5 main growth habits of Blueberries, including: Northern Highbush, Southern Highbush, Lowbush, Hybrid Half-high and Rabbiteyes. These varieties range widely in chill hours, cold hardiness, different fruiting seasons, size, and flavors.

    Selecting the right variety is key to successfully growing blueberries. Nature Hills offers many varieties, and one will work best for your area.

    Zones 3 and 4 can grow Half-Highs, including Northblue, Northcountry and Polaris.

    Zones 5 and 6 can reliably grow Northern Highbush (Vaccinium

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