|While you want to purchase the healthiest fruit trees, berry bushes and vines, avoiding diseased plants is equally important.|
A few things to look out for are:* Branches with dark, sunken areas.
* Old dead leaves remaining at the tips of branches
* Oozing discolored bark.
* Borer damage will appear as holes or tunneling around the bud union. This can be a prevalent problem on stone fruit and some apple rootstocks.
These could all indicate disease. You do not want to bring this home and get your home orchard off to bad start or introduce disease spores to your healthy garden.
|Regardless of where you purchase your plants, buy from a reputable source. High quality, good service and selection, and a respected reputation usually go hand-in-hand with a business' longevity and success. Specialty nurseries are most likely to offer disease-free plants that are true to name. Word of mouth may help you find favored sources among experienced gardeners.|
|There's nothing like fresh picked berries on you summer bowl of cereal, a juicy peach warm from the sun, or a crunchy apple in late summer or early fall. And remember, this is a great way to get the whole family to eat more fruits. If they help in watering, thinning, and other tasks to come, they won't be able to resist eating the "fruit" of their labor.|
|About the Author: Stella Otto is the author of these 2 Benjamin Franklin Award books, as well as many feature articles, that offer practical, ready to use advice, and have appeared in Organic Gardening,Kitchen Garden, Hobby Farm Home, Country Journal and other national publications. She has also enjoyed sharing her expertise on numerous segments of "Home Matters" on the Discovery Channel and various gardening radio programs. She has over 16 years of hands-on experience as an orchard and farm market owner. This is the first of a series of Fruit Growing 101 articles. Learn more at www.stellaotto.com.|