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Gardening questions from CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO & NM

Fruit Tree Pollination

Q. In one of your answers: Shinseiki Asian pear is “considered nearly completely self pollinated” Does it mean there is no need another pollinator? Lisa- from New York A.  A little background – most fruit trees have a built in … Continue reading

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Pruning Asian Pears in California

Q. I live in San Diego, California and I am wondering when the best time to prune an Asian Pear Tree (fruitless). It has tons of white flowers now, but once the flowers are gone we would like to shape … Continue reading

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When To Prune Flowering Plum

Q. I have a huge, beautiful fruitless plum tree. I’ve never pruned it but it’s time. When is it a good time to prune it? Thank you! Cher – Burbank, California A. The time to prune it is after it … Continue reading

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Growing Prunus caroliniana ‘Bright and Tight’

Q. How tall will Prunus Caroliniana ‘bright and tight’ grow?  Will these shrubs grow as vigorously in a wine barrel container? Jamie Jameson – Monterey, CA A. The Carolina Laurel Cherry is an evergreen tree/shrub that is native to the … Continue reading

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Declining Rhododendron

Q. I have a rhododendron. Dark green upon planting. Western exposure. Leaves and new growth turn pale green and droop. Tries to set buds and flower but buds do not mature and flowers are extremely small and die back quickly … Continue reading

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