- Author: Tracy Celio
Identify a location for fruit trees where they will receive full sun 6 or more hours per day during the growing season, too much shade will affect the quantity and quality of fruit produced. If you don't have loose, well-drained soil you may want to amend the soil and add compost, or fertilizers.
- Proper tree selection
Selecting a quality tree and caring for it increases the chances for success. This begins with selecting a tree from a quality nursery. At the nursery this winter, select bareroot trees that appear strong, healthy, and do not show signs of disease.
- Good planting techniques
Planting of bareroot trees should take place in winter, between December and March. Dig a planting hole just bigger than the depth and width of the roots, it is best to leave a “pedestal” or to leave the soil below the root system undisturbed to help prevent the tree from settling. Fruit trees should be planted high to help avoid crown rot disease.
The UC Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have gathered an excellent team of experts to teach about tree factors and show you how to take advantage of pruning techniques that allow your trees to obtain better sun exposure, better airflow, and better structure for easier netting and pest prevention.
Join the UC Master Gardeners of El Dorado County, on Nov. 2 for a new workshop titled The New Backyard Orchard, at the Cameron Park Community Center. The New Backyard Orchard workshop will help you choose the right tree varieties for your region, plant trees correctly, and shape trees to make them attractive, as well as high-bearing. You'll receive a thorough, scientifically correct understanding of how trees generate fruit, to help you understand how to manage your orchard.
Nov. 2, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Phil Pursel, Specialist, Dave Wilson Nursery
- Ted DeJong, Professor Emeritus, Pomology, UC Davis
- Chuck Ingels, Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
$40 registration, light lunch included
Whether you have just a tree or two, or hope to expand your food supply through intensive backyard orchard development, this workshop is for you!
UC Master Gardeners who attend will earn four hours of Continuing Education credit. To learn more and to pre-register, please visit our website at http://ucanr.edu/mgedc-workshop or register at http://ucanr.edu/mgedc-workshop-reg. If you have questions, please call (530) 621-5528.
Ingels, C.A., Geisel, P.M. & Norton, M.V. (2007) The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees UC Agriculture & Natural Resources, Publication 3485
The California Backyard Orchard, homeorchard.ucanr.edu