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...

Tress Under 15 Feet Tall

Not long ago I received the following e-mail: “Could you recommend some umbrella-shaped trees or bushes that grow to be less than 15 feet and that I could use in my garden?” – Daria...

Lucky Bamboo and Meyer Lemon

During the past few months, I have received several e-mails about lucky bamboo. In case you haven’t noticed, “lucky bamboo” is the name bestowed on those twisting stems with lanceol...

Growing Your Own Papayas

The recent rain came to Valley gardeners like a merciful benediction from above. In fact, we would be all the more grateful for additional rain in the weeks ahead. Throughout many long months of near...

Espalier: Flat Trees Mean More Fruit

If you have a small courtyard or enclosed patio with a narrow planting bed inside along the edges, but still want to grow fruit trees, consider the possibility of espalier. Espalier (ess-pal-yay) is ...

Calamondin is a Special Citrus

Lately, I have noticed a few calamondin trees in container gardens. Noticed is an understatement. I could just as easily have said that I heard horticultural shouts of joy coming from the calamondin ...