Which kind of citrus tree do I have?

Which kind of citrus tree do I have?

Because there is a citrus tree in almost every yard in California, we often inherit one when we move into a new house. Which kind is it? What if there’s no one around to tell you? Here I describe how I approached figuring out the identities of a couple mystery...
Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Rootstocks are mysterious. They do their work hidden, underground. Yet, their influence on the trees above ground is real and measurable. For example, some rootstocks have demonstrated that they can induce the tops to make more than twice as much fruit compared to...
Mayo / Covocado avocado: a profile

Mayo / Covocado avocado: a profile

A six-minute video about the Mayo or Covocado avocado variety: More avocado variety profiles HERE All of my Yard Posts listed HERE ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...
What to do with fruit tree prunings?

What to do with fruit tree prunings?

Last weekend, I visited my mom and returned home with the bed of my truck filled with fruit tree prunings. What to do with this stuff? Over the years, I’ve done four things with it. Most likely, one of these four ways of dealing with fruit tree prunings will suit your...
Zutano avocado: a profile

Zutano avocado: a profile

This is my six-minute video profile of the fruit of the avocado variety called Zutano. All of my avocado profiles are HERE All of my Yard Posts are HERE ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...
The Bearss lime tree: a profile

The Bearss lime tree: a profile

My wife came home with some limes from the grocery store one day nine years ago and I said, “We shouldn’t be buying those. I can grow those.” That’s how I ended up planting our Bearss lime tree back in 2012. In this profile, I’ll tell you a bit more about my own tree...
The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

Holiday sounds too good to be true: a dwarf avocado tree that makes large fruit which taste excellent. But it is true . . . kind of. I planted the Holiday in the photo above four years ago because in that spot I wanted a green screen of privacy year-round that was...
Ettinger avocado: a profile

Ettinger avocado: a profile

Enjoy this five-minute video I made about the Ettinger variety of avocado, including its eating qualities compared to other varieties, plus a bit about its origin in Israel and its status in California today. My experience with growing Ettinger trees is still . . ....
Saving the Parent Washington Navel orange tree

Saving the Parent Washington Navel orange tree

We were on the corner of Arlington and Magnolia in Riverside, looking at some citrus trees surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. It was 2012, I was with a group of Master Gardener trainees, and our guide started telling us the story of one of the trees. The tree was, at...

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