Mission Fig Tree Cultivation

Mission Fig Tree Cultivation

Mission Fig (Ficus carica)   Mission Fig Tree Overview: The Mission Fig Tree is a wonderful plant that grows like a weed in Southern California.   Mission Fig Tree Fruit Appearance: The fruit is roughly the size and shape of ...

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How to control Tomato Hornworms

How to control Tomato Hornworms

Tomato Hornworm control (Manduca quinquemaculata)   Tomato Hornworms cause serious damage: Tomato Hornworms are the blight of tomato growers everywhere. They can quickly defoliate tomato plants and ruin your crop.  Therefore Tomato Hornworm control is key to tomato growing success. ...

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Best planting technique: 7 important steps

Best planting technique: 7 important steps

Prevent transplantation shock with this planting technique   After referencing numerous sources and planting hundreds of fruit trees, I have developed an extremely effective method of planting fruit trees.  This method takes a little bit of extra effort, but the ...

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How to build a gopher cage

How to build a gopher cage

How to build a simple and effective gopher cage   Background: If you live in California and you are not in a major city, you probably have gophers lurking nearby. Gophers are a serious problem and can kill a young ...

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Grape Powdery Mildew: Diagnosis & Treatment

Grape Powdery Mildew: Diagnosis & Treatment

Grape Powdery Mildew (Uncinula necator) AKA (Erisiphe necator) If you grow grapes in coastal California, (or almost anywhere in the world for that matter), you are probably going to see a white powdery substance on the leaves.  This is grape ...

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How to get dragon fruit flowers

How to get dragon fruit flowers

Back when this website was a blog I got a few great questions from a reader about growing dragon fruit cactus. Since these questions come up quite a bit, I am re-posting them here with additional updated information.   Frank ...

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Surinam Cherry (general overview and growing info)

Surinam Cherry (general overview and growing info)

Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uniflora)   Surinam Cherry overview: The Surinam Cherry is a shrub or small tree with very interesting looking fruit.  The plant grows well in Southern California but the flavor of the fruit is quite variable depending on ...

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Dragon Fruit Flowers

Dragon Fruit Flowers

Dragon Fruit flower (Hylocereus spp)   Dragon Fruit Flower Overview: The Dragon Fruit Cactus (Hylocereus spp) is mainly cultivated for its tasty and unusual looking fruit.  However, the short lived flowers are also amazingly large and beautiful.   Cinderella story: The ...

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