Fall Planting of Deciduous Trees

When it comes to deciduous shrubs and trees, fall and winter are the seasons they get serious about root growth.  In places like Southern California, where the ground never freezes, roots never stop ...

Euphorbia Trees and Growing Cherimoyas

At one time or another, most of us have probably seen one of those television shows that highlight valuable works of art, antiques, or odd ball memorabilia that were found quite by chance in someone’...

Bananas, Grapefruits, and Oak Tree Beetles

“I have banana trees that bloom and produce fruit of the ‘Ice Cream’ (also known as ‘Blue Java’) variety. I have heard that I should trim the flower off after a single cluster of bananas has formed o...

Kumquats, Limes, & Pomegranates

I bought two 5-gallon kumquat trees last year and re-potted them into half-barrels. They had fruit on when I bought them and they fruited nicely through last summer. This year I had some flowers, but...

Persimmons and Parthenocarpy

I have a persimmon tree purchased 9 years ago. In the past 3 years, the fruit hasn’t grown larger than a grape, changing color but not expanding in size.  The tree receives sun all day long.  W...

Ambrosia Beetles Attack Avocado Trees

My huge avocado tree has been attacked by ambrosia beetles. My tree trimmer says there is nothing to be done to save it. I’ve lived with this tree for 30 years and don’t want to lose it. ...