University of Illinois Extension

Archives for February 2013

February 28, 2013

Greenside up host Richard Hentschel finishes up a four part set of shows talking about home orchards. Site, soil and air drainage are considerations, training the fruit tree starting the first year and the development of the proper scaffolds to support the fruit load, monitoring young trees for insects and diseases, dormant and season long cover sprays for producing trees. Reading the spray label is very important to be sure the product will control the correct pests and understand the spray intervals.

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February 21, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks about annual pruning needs, creating strong scaffold branches that will hold the fruit load without additional support or having the branches break. Training begins the first year and will continue throughout the life of the tree. Water sprouts and suckers will occur annually and will need to be addressed. Richard also discussed the need for a dormant oil spray to control overwintering insect eggs and adult insects hiding in the bark crevices.

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February 14, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel continues a discussion on growing dwarf fruit trees in the home landscape. Most apples are self- unfruitful, meaning there needs to be a different variety of apple tree available for good cross pollination. Fruit tree catalogs will provide a list of other apples that could be used as a pollinator. An ornamental flowering crabapple will pollenate an apple tree if in bloom at the same time.

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February 7, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel discusses growing Dwarf Fruit trees. Dwarf apples are the most common in Northern Illinois due to their winter hardiness. Considerations should include soil and air drainage, tree sizes, training your fruit trees.

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