Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ever eaten a wonderfully tasting cherry and considered whether or not you should try to grow a tree of your own from that little pit? It is a tempting idea and it can be done...sort of. There are some things to consider before you drag out the potting soil and trowel. Not all cherry seeds are created equal.
Saving Cherry Seeds
If you are going to attempt to grow a cherry tree or two of your own, collect the pits or seeds from many cherries. Cherries should be fully ripened and free of any defects or blemishes. If you have actually picked your own cherries, make sure the tree was healthy as well. Your seed stock should come from the best possible source you can find to help ensure optimum results.
Posted by Theresa Leschmann at 11:48 AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Pruning Apricot Trees
If good maintenance practices are being followed, apricot trees only need pruning every 3 years or so to maintain a scaffold structure. This allows good air flow and sunlight penetration, both crucial to good fruit production and overall health. Neglecting a pruning regimen can lead to overcrowding within the canopy.
Here are some intersting books on growing apricots and recipes for using them.
Posted by Theresa Leschmann at 9:01 AM