Fruit trees hiding at the San Diego Zoo

Fruit trees hiding at the San Diego Zoo

(Originally written on October 13, 2017, I’ve updated a few parts of this post here in 2021.) Last week, I took my boys to the San Diego Zoo and we headed toward a less crowded area where the giant Galapagos tortoises reside. As often happens, on our walk I...
When to give up on an avocado tree

When to give up on an avocado tree

Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes you’ve got to give up on an avocado tree. Last week, I gave up on three. I’ll show you which and I’ll tell you why. Little GEM with gopher damage The first was the GEM shown above, which hadn’t even been...
Avocado fruit drop: Why? When? How many?

Avocado fruit drop: Why? When? How many?

In the spring you see flowers on your avocado tree that soon become green fruitlets. Wonderful! Your tree is making avocados! Then they start dropping. What did you do wrong? Why is this happening? When will it end? How many are going to fall? Why avocados drop:...
Snow Queen nectarine tree: a profile

Snow Queen nectarine tree: a profile

Gave my neighbor some Snow Queen nectarines from our tree the other day and she sent me this text: “Greg, those nectarines were by far the most delicious things we have had in our entire life.” Now, my neighbor is really friendly, and maybe she just wanted to...
Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Where’s the peach leaf curl in 2021?

Earlier this spring, a friend from Fallbrook was visiting and he mentioned that his peach tree had had a lot of leaf curl last year but this year there was no infection. “I finally got the spraying right!” he said. Slowly, I said, “Those results might not be just...

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