Growing Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, and Plums in Wisconsin

Teryl R. Roper, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus Revised:  7/5/2010 Item number:  A3639 Apricot, cherry, peach, and plum trees produce some of the tastiest fruit available. But successfully growing them in Wisconsin requires time, space, and expertise. Find out how to care for the trees and fruit, from planting through harvest. Download Article

Growing Apples in Wisconsin

A great how-to book for backyard apple growers. Covers everything from planting tips to pruning to disease and insect management strategies.

Growing Pears in Wisconsin

Teryl R. Roper, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus Revised:  7/5/2010 Item number:  A2072 Pears are among the easiest tree fruits to grow. This 28-page publication covers everything you need to know for successful fruit production: rootstock selection and planting tips, fertilization and tree care, harvest, and storage. Includes detailed information on managing disease and […]

Apple Pest Management for Home Gardeners

Patricia S. McManus, Daniel L. Mahr, Teryl R. Roper, UW-Extension Revised:  3/17/2011 Item number:  A2179 Home gardens usually contain only a few apple trees, making it feasible to limit pesticide use and still produce a healthy crop of apples. This extensively updated publication outlines the basic principles of pest management. Learn which non-chemical strategies are […]

Degree Day Calculation

Karen Delahaut, UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  8/6/2012 Item number:  XHT1086 Indicator plants are not always suitable for the timing of pest management practices.  You may not have the critical indicator plant  nearby to time local activities, or there may not be a good indicator plant for a particular pest’s crucial life stage.  Another […]

Bagging Apples for Insect and Disease Control

Producing high quality apples in home gardens can be challenging due to damage caused by insects and fungal diseases. Insects and wind-borne fungal spores cause damage when contacting developing fruit. An effective way to produce high-quality fruit organically, without the need for spraying, is placing developing fruit in bags. This factsheet describes the process.

Eastern Filbert Blight

Eastern filbert blight is a potentially serious fungal disease found throughout the United States, including Wisconsin. It affects Corylus species, commonly known as hazelnuts or filberts, causing cankers on branches and trunks. Symptoms and management are described in this factsheet.

Black Knot, Apiosporina morbosa

Unsightly dark-colored lumps on plum trees are not only unattractive, but if there are lots of them, they can disfigure or even kill small trees. These swollen growths are caused by a fungal pathogen that causes the disease known as black knot. To learn more about this disease and how to manage it, read this article…

Fruit and Frost

Because of our climate, Wisconsin always has a risk of spring frosts. Temperatures below 28°F will injure or kill flowers or immature fruit. This factsheet will briefly outline critical temperatures at different stages of flower development, and describe how a gardener might protect against late season frosts.

Watercore of Apple

Author(s):T.R. Roper Watercore of apple is a physiologic disorder. The fruit tissue’s abnormal condition is a response of some apple cultivars to adverse environmental conditions—not to a disease-causing organism. Watercore is more common in warm, arid regions, but it occurs in Wisconsin often enough to concern apple growers. Find out more about this apple disorder […]

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