University of Illinois Extension

Archives for January 2017

January 26, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel covers care of young fruit trees through mature trees. Besides the training of scaffold branches, protection from insects and diseases that that impacts the foliage s also very important to maintain a healthy fruit tree. The leaves are the food factory for the tree. Other protection includes rodent, rabbit and deer feeding. Using a mulch ring on the soil around the trunk also protects the tree from lawn mower and string trimmer damage.

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January 19, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel continues the series on home orchards this week. Previous shows have covered siting the orchard to benefit from the best sunlight, air and soil drainage. This week the show covers fruit tree training. Proper scaffold training allows the tree to support the fruit load without breaking or bending down to the ground or worse. Fruit trees for the home orchard should be semi dwarfs usually for apples. Proper training allows for easy inspection, spraying and additional maintenance

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January 12, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel continues the series of growing fruit trees in home orchard. this week Richard discusses proper siting of fruit trees in the yard and other consideations that will favor growing and management of the home orchard. Good soil drainage along with air drainage is very important for the health of the fruit trees. sunlight is another critical need for trees for good growth, the creation of flowers and the production of fruits.

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January 5, 2017

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up begins a series of shows on home orchards starting with a discussion on pollentaion. Most apples will need to be cross pollentaion as do pears and some plums. Other fruit trees are considered partially self fruitful. those tres prefer to be cross pollentated, yet will accept thier own pollen. The third type will be self fruitful. Those trees will be able to use their own pollen to create fruits.

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