- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
When it comes to planting stone fruit at home, pluots are the way to go, says Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Sacramento County. Cherries are delicious, but with a new maggot pest, are hard to grow. Peaches and nectarines are susceptible to leaf curl disease, which is challenging to manage because the most effective products have been removed from store shelves. Apples and pears can suffer from fire blight and coddling moths worms.
“I think plums and pluots are the best choices for backyard trees,” Ingels said. “Especially pluots.”
“Pluot” is a trade name for varieties of interspecific plum-apricot bred by private Modesto...