From Magnolias to Cherimoyas

Q: I want an evergreen tree without a wandering root system that produces shade but is clean since there is a pool to consider. I have been considering an Exoniensis magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora va...

Plum, Apple, & Thornless Boysenberry

I have been privileged to harvest Santa Rosa plums, grown in my own backyard, for more than 25 years. My first Santa Rosa tree produced fruit for 20 years and then stopped, so I replaced it with anot...

Clone Your Favorite Fruit Trees

If you enjoy the fruit that you harvest from your orange, avocado and apple trees, you can make more trees just like them, either to plant in your own yard or to give away as gifts. And it won’t cost...

With Liberty and Loquats for All

Imagine a weed that grows 20 feet tall and produces more than 50 pounds of edible fruit. The fruit is yellow-orange with the texture of an apricot. Its taste is sweet to tart, depending on the tree. ...

Growing Olive and Fig Trees

It is ironic that when Valley gardeners think of planting a fruit tree, thoughts immediately turn to citrus, avocado, apple, one of the stone fruits (apricot, plum, or peach), or certain exotic tropi...

Plant Tropical Fruit Trees in Hot Weather

Now that unseasonably high temperatures have become the norm, the idea of planting tropical fruit trees would seem to make more sense than ever. Perhaps the key to successful growing of tropicals is ...

Dwarf Avocadoes & Kentia Palms

Question: I purchased a dwarf avocado tree some years ago at Roger’s Gardens. Two years ago I had five fruit. Last year nothing stuck. This year there are lots of flower buds but it looks like ...

Some Avocado Issues

I have a dwarf, weeping avocado tree that’s around five years old. It looks extremely healthy with lots of new growth. This is the first year I have seen lots of little avocadoes – my fir...

Complete Care of Fruit Trees

I would like a tree care schedule for the following: Asian pear, navel orange, Fuji apple, `Ruby Red’ grapefruit, `Black Jack’ fig, `Kadota’ fig, lemon, tangerine, sweet lime, avoca...

A Lemon Tree Without Lemons

Q: I have a Meyer lemon tree that I purchased from a nursery two years ago. It was about 2 feet tall and covered with blooms. I planted it in front of my apartment, which has a southern exposure with...