If you are just getting started with a home orchard, you may be very upset to see miniature apples, plums or other fruits scattered beneath your healthy trees in May and June. This is actually a common phenomenon called June fruit drop. What is June drop? What causes it? A combination of factors results in your fruit falling off trees in June. Read on for more June drop information. What is June Drop? June drop on fruit trees refers to the tendency of different types of fruit trees to drop immature fruit in springtime, usually around May or June. Although this is sometimes called May drop, it is usually known as June fruit drop. The primary (and usually only) symptom of June fruit drop is small, immature fruit falling off trees. This can happen in apple and citrus trees and also in stone fruit like plums. The causes can be
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Low growing plants make perfect natural groundcover which can prevent weeds, conserve moisture, hold soil and have many more uses. When installing such plants, you may wonder, should you mulch groundcovers? The answer depends on the site, speed with which the plants will grow, your growing zone and soil stability. Mulch for groundcover plants can help protect little starts in some situations but it isn’t necessary in other cases. Should You Mulch Groundcovers? Does groundcover need mulch? This oft asked question has a couple of answers. The benefits of organic mulch are numerous and the only drawback would be when planting seed, which may have difficulty pushing up through the mulch. But mulching around groundcover isn’t strictly necessary, either. Most plants will establish just fine without any mulch at all but using it could ease your maintenance routine. The whole idea behind groundcover is to give a natural carpet of
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Daylilies are popular garden plants and for good reason. They are hardy, easy to grow, largely pest free, and require little maintenance. In fact, they are reputed to thrive on neglect. Do you need to start fertilizing daylilies? That can depend on the soil. If the soil is poor, feeding these plants may help them to thrive. Read on for more information on daylily food and tips on how to fertilize daylilies. Feeding Daylilies Everyone loves having daylilies in the garden and there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from. The plants accept a wide range of soil and sunlight requirements and stay vigorous for many years with minimal care. Daylilies grow best in a sunny plot with well-drained, acidic soil but they adapt to their circumstances. While they will grow just fine without daylily fertilizer, feeding daylilies can increase their flower production. And flowers are why you grow the
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Homegrown tomatoes are one of the best aspects of creating a garden. Even those without access to large spaces for crops are able to plant and enjoy tomatoes. Whether choosing to grow a hybrid, or one of the hundreds of heirloom varieties offered, the taste and texture of homegrown tomatoes are far more superior to those of their grocery store counterparts. With such high expectations, it is easy to see why some growers may become increasingly frustrated when their tomato plants struggle or fail completely to set fruit. Tomato fruit set occurs when the flowers of the tomato plant are pollinated. This pollination usually happens with the help of wind or insects. However, sometimes the conditions for pollination are not conducive to fruit set. Luckily, for gardeners whose tomato plants are struggling, there are some options, like tomato hormone spray, to help encourage tomato fruiting. What is Tomato Set Spray?
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