For the Fruit Tree Grower
The For the Fruit Tree Grower series of "tip sheets" and short articles offers information on backyard/small-scale orchard topics. Tip sheets and articles can be downloaded from this page. A list of publications on general gardening topics, including specific crop advice, is available on the For the Gardener page.
If you would like to receive printed copies of publications in the For the Fruit Grower series, contact us by email or call 831.459-3240.
Describes apple rootstocks, training and pruning systems that can be used by backyard gardeners to establish an orchard in a limited space. Includes information on planting, fertility and rootstock characteristics (6 pages).
Describes some russeted apple varieties (the classic "keeper" apple), lists tree sources and encourages home-scale growers to buy, plant, grow, and eat these wonderful and often underappreciated varieties (3 pages).
Describes some favorite pear varieties and how to grow and ripen them (4 pages).
Discusses the various types of stone fruits (peaches, apricots, etc.) and some good choices for the home garden, along with growing requirements and cultural advice (6 pages).
Describes the wide range of citrus available and how to plant and care for it (6 pages).
Siting, planting, and varietal recommendations for citrus on California's Central Coast (4 pages).
Information on fruit trees that perform well in the Santa Cruz region (2 pages).
Defines scions (the fruit-bearing portion of the tree), their origins, and their contributions to both fruit characteristics and the tree's growth habits (3 pages).
Defines rootstocks and the role they play in controlling various characteristics of fruit trees. Lists the characteristics and features of different types of apple, pear, and stone fruit rootstocks (4 pages).
Information on how to select and plant bare root fruit trees, including sources for bare root trees (4 pages).
An illustration of how to plant a bare root fruit tree (1 page).
Describes the annual cycle of fruit tree care for growers on California's Central Coast (2 pages).
Discusses the periods when it’s critical to have nutrients available to fruit trees, and some approaches for meeting those nutrient needs. Includes specific amendment recommendations (3 pages).
Recommendations for some of the basic tools used in fruit tree care (1 page).
Describes how to use pruning and training to optimize sunlight interception and distribution in order to optimize fruit development and tree health (4 pages).
Describes the goals and process of summer fruit tree pruning, and the differences between summer and winter pruning (3 pages).
Describes the concepts of chill hours and dormancy, and the impact of the unusually warm winter of 2014–15 on Central Coast fruit trees (3 pages).
Additional information on selecting and using cover crops, including the use of cover crops to build soil fertility in backyard fruit orchards (3 pages).
Information on how to identify pest presence and methods on how to deal with gophers and other vertebrate pests of the garden (2 pages).
Seasonal recommendations for year-round gardening in Santa Cruz; includes information on summer fruit (2 pages).
Advocates for the return of fruit orchards to help restore the "Silicon Valley" to its former fruit-bearing abundance (2 pages).
Offers ideas for water-conserving irrigation techniques in the home garden, including a brief overview of drip irrigation (2 pages).