A: I am glad you brought in a soil sample so we could test the soil pH for you. We discovered your particular soil was alkaline (over 7.0). Most of our fruit and vegetables prefer a slightly acid… Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Q: I lost my peach tree this year. When I dug it up I noticed a large growth just at the surface of the soil. What could the growth have been?
A: I appreciate the photo you sent and I suspect the culprit is most likely a disease called Crown gall. Crown gall is commonly found as growths on the roots or stems of plants in the rose family… Read More
A: We would discourage you from trying to propagate and grow apricots from the seeds you purchased in the local grocery store. These seeds are often hybrids and are generally not suited for our warm climate. Most of… Read More
A: Apricots, like peaches, require a certain number of “chill” hours before they will produce fruit. At this point the University of Florida is still working on a subtropical, low-chill variety from Thailand and I am not sure… Read More
A: The quick answer is – not well. A determined grower could probably grow just about anything but we really do not have the optimal conditions for the almond tree to produce abundantly. Almond trees, Prunus dulcis, prefer… Read More
A : We can grow several varieties of apple here, but they will be different than your grocery store type. But the tree itself is beautiful and well worth the effort. Apples grown here require full sun, good air… Read More
A: Don’t you hate when that happens? Like you, I have purchased a bag of apples, only to find they are not crunchy and hard – the way I like them! The flesh of the apple becomes soft… Read More
Q: I bit into an apple and a large portion of the area around the core was mushy and brown. It looked perfect on the outside. What would cause this?
A: I was able to locate two universities (Washington State and University of California) which have conducted studies of various types of apples. Both universities have discovered the potential cause most likely occurs after harvesting of the apples…. Read More
Q: Last year I had the ends rot out of watermelon and cantaloupe. What can I put on the plants to prevent the end rot?
Q: Last year I had the ends rot out of watermelon and cantaloupe. They bloom but no fruit developed. This year, I planted zucchini instead and I am getting the same problem. The fruit is rotting out from… Read More
Q: My Satsuma tangerine tree is loaded with fruit but none of them are orange. How do I know when they are ready to pick?
A: Satsuma mandarin bears its fruit early in the year which makes it a good choice for our area, especially for the home landscape. The name Satsuma comes from a specific province in China. Since the fruit matures… Read More